Motherhood is a complex journey and often overwhelming. While learning how to raise children, you’re also managing taking care of yourself and trying to maintain a fitness regimen. Finding balance can be extremely challenging, especially if you lack a support network or you’re not sure where to start. Thankfully, Grand Rapids has a very special place, Renew Mama Studio, where moms in all stages can find fitness, wellness, community, and education all in one spot!

Aboutrenew mama studio

After Amanda Holbert had her first baby, she realized there was a lack of fitness and wellness options in Grand Rapids for women learning how to navigate motherhood. Shortly after, she founded Renew Mama Studio to ignite a community where women can take a variety of fitness classes and also connect, grow and thrive. After over 6 years in business, the studio has amazingly become the place for all things mama.

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They offer pre and postnatal classes, workshops, wellness services, and an incredibly supportive community. Amanda is enthusiastic, welcoming, and extremely positive. She makes every effort to make you feel right at home. As soon as you walk in the door, the warm, calming environment puts you at ease. And there is so much to explore! Here’s a break down of the many programs offered at and what to expect:

Classesrenew mama studio

The variety of classes at Renew Mama is impressive. If you’re in the pregnancy stage, you’ll definitely want to experience Prenatal Yoga. It’s one of the most beneficial types of exercise a woman can do during pregnancy. Renew Mama’s class is specifically designed to challenge and bring peace to you during this special time – all while in a community with other expectant mothers. You’ll learn poses to help prepare the body for labor and to improve blood flow and oxygen to both mom and baby.

The Barre classes will lift, tone and engage muscles you forgot you had. Whether you’re a prenatal or postnatal mama, or just looking to rebuild your core, barre is perfect for everyone.

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Yoga Flow is both energizing and empowering! It focuses on building strength, releasing tension and calming the mind. You will leave feeling stronger, less stressed and re-energized. Prenatal and postnatal moms are also encouraged to attend Renew Mama’s Yoga Flow class.

Bring along your baby for a mom + baby yoga practice! Reconnect with all your prenatal yoga mama friends and practice yoga in a community of women who can support one another. This class is gentle and will support your new postpartum body.

You can also bring your baby along to Babywearing Barre! Lift, tone and engage muscles while using your little one as a counterweight. Bring a carrier or wrap or lay your baby down for tummy time.

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Pre-Tot Yoga is ideal for all of the Mom + Baby Yoga graduates. This class focuses on a combination of yoga, songs, play and sensory activities for your little one. Meet other mama friends while your little one works on their communication skills.

Kids yoga provides children ages 4-8 years an hour of imaginative yoga sequences, mindfulness, breathe work exercises, art activities, and a relaxing savasana. This is a great way to introduce kids to yoga and its many benefits!

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In family yoga, practice partner poses that strengthen relationships and muscles. Play yoga games and enjoy yoga-based activities with your family. Enjoy this special time with your child + partner while learning and growing together.

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We all know that being a mom is oh-so-stressful, so thank goodness Renew Mama also offers wellness options to help restore and relax your body. If you’re in need of a massage, they offer pre and postnatal for reduced swelling and easing discomfort. You can also opt for a deep tissue massage that works the deepest layers of the muscle and provides much-deserved relaxation.

Interested in chiropractic care? Dr. Theresa Osmer, Renew Mama’s onsite chiropractic and functional medicine physician, can adjust, use myofascial release, functional rehabilitation, and give nutritional advice.

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If you need a break from the kiddos while enjoying a workout, then sign them up for one of Renew Mama’s awesome kids’ classes.  Preschool yoga provides 3-6 hour imaginative yoga sequences, mindfulness, breath work, exercises, and relaxing savasana.

Or if you have an aspiring dancer in the family, have them try the New Ballet Class. Dancers 3-7 learn the basics of ballet in a fun and creative 60-minute time-frame. They’ll learn basic ballet positions, traveling ballet steps, and even have time for free dance.

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Have your toddler get creative with a Renew Mama Art Class. In Toddler Art Class kiddos get to explore colors, tools, cause and effect, their senses and much more! They get messy and creative while experimenting with process-oriented art.

And, of course, Renew Mama offers child-care while you’re taking a class or if you need a break in the mama-lounge. The child-care room is spacious, clean, vibrant, and nurturing.

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One of the most unique and integral parts of the Renew Mama Studio space is the Mama Lounge. If you need a place to work, mingle, network, or just take a nap, this is your spot. The decor is trendy, modern, and fun and there are so many perks. Enjoy wifi, coffee, tea, and surround yourself with mom bosses just like you! You definitely won’t want to leave and will feel so inspired by the creative community.

Events & Workshopsrenew mama studio

Renew Mama Studio is passionate about making sure you’re equipped to handle the challenges of parenting. From breastfeeding workshops to baby’s first foods, there are plenty of classes to help you understand the more complicated components of parenting. Here’s a link to upcoming classes and mama circles so you can share experiences, get sound advice, and find support in a safe and loving environment. https://renewmamastudio.com/events-workshops/

Contactrenew mama studio

If you’re longing for some mama friends and an amazing place to break a sweat + enhance your family, wellness, and lifestyle, then stop by Renew Mama Studio and see for yourself why so many women absolutely love it. Check out the website, class schedule, and variety of reasonable packages or just bring the kids along and give it a try.  It’s a wonderful community and truly a gem in Grand Rapids! 

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Phone Number: (616) 425-9642

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During the winter months, I always seek out wellness services that help my body feel rejuvenated and more lively. Self-care is so important in the winter, especially given the shorter days, lack of sunlight, and frigid temps. I’m so glad I discovered Refresh Wellness and the variety of natural, holistic services they offer. The moment I step in the door, I immediately notice the calm and serene environment. The colors, decor, and music are relaxing and peaceful. Also, there’s a designated room for each service with plenty of privacy,  so you can easily zen out and enjoy time to yourself.

Mission

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The mission of Refresh Wellness is to inspire health awakening within everyone and to promote healing and preventative self-care practices. The team, Andrea and Michelle, are so welcoming and dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain your health goals. Andrea, the owner, recently took over Refresh Wellness and is originally from Grand Rapids. She’s passionate about natural healing modalities and incorporates many into her own life. If you’re hesitant about some of the services or not sure what to expect, Andrea and Michelle will walk you through everything and make you feel completely comfortable. Here’s a little more about each service offered and why they’re so beneficial.

Red Light Therapy

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At first glance, you might think it’s a tanning bed, but there’s nothing harmful about getting your rehab on with red light therapy. The bulbs use low-level wavelengths to reach all layers of the skin, blood vessels, and lymph system. It has a therapeutic impact and helps to restore our cells. It also increases collagen production (yay for healthier, younger skin), helps with muscle recovery, weight loss, reduces inflammation, joint pain, and much more! If you need a boost during the winter, the red light reduces depression, fatigue, and SAD (Seasonal Depression Disorder).

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After my first 20 minute session, I felt more energized and way less sore–it feels great after a hard workout. I try to schedule time every week in the red light bed. It gives a much needed mental boost and I love the therapeutic effects. Just laying in the bed feels heavenly and truly rejuvenating during the winter season.

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Soaking your feet in a tub with plastic lining and an electronic gizmo may seem alarming,  but it’s completely safe and really detoxifying. Ionic foot baths energize the cells and organs by electrically charging the electromagnetic fields within the body so that they can carry out their function. Since our bodies are electric by nature, you can think of it as charging your batteries.

A few benefits of the Ionic footbath include improved circulation and lymph flow, balanced energy pathways, and increased energy levels. It also boosts immunity, improves quality of sleep, helps relieve migraines and headaches, and stimulates the body to detoxify chemicals and heavy metals.

ionic footbath

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During my footbath, it was fascinating to watch the tub turn colors according to the area of my body being detoxified. Mine was definitely a more brownish/black color, which means that I was mainly detoxifying the liver. It actually felt really relaxing and the little tingles of electricity were energizing and restorative. I loved all the plants in the room, the comfy chairs, and the salt crystals–the perfect ambiance for healing and relaxation.

Detox Mineral Wrap

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If you’ve ever wanted to give yourself a quick and efficient whole body detox, then you must try the Detox Mineral Wrap. Mineral wraps are great for shrinking fat cells, increasing circulation/cardiovascular function, lymphatic drainage, smoothing and tightening the skin, reducing cellulite, energizing, and detoxifying. Michelle, an experienced technician at Refresh Wellness, made me feel completely comfortable and was very thorough in explaining the process.

Mineral wraps work by compressing the body in soft, porous, wraps that are soaked in an all-natural mineral solution. The minerals infuse the body with an incredibly high-quality, absorbable form of minerals that help the body release toxins stored in fat tissue. They’re released through the skin by sweating while laying in a dome infrared sauna.

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Michelle initially took my measurements from my legs all the way to my chest. She wrote down about 15 total to compare the before and after of inches lost. Then she carefully wrapped me head to toe and poured the mineral solution over the wraps. I did not feel suffocated or uncomfortable; both the wraps and solution were warm and calming. I relaxed in the sauna for about 30 minutes and Michelle checked on me a few times to see how I was doing. You can easily fall asleep and it feels so good.

Afterward, she unwrapped me and documented my measurements again. I lost 8.5 inches total off my body and about 1 inch off my waist–I was truly amazed! This is not a temporary loss –you will see permanent results and you’re encouraged to schedule three mineral wraps for optimal results. Afterward, I felt lighter and the wrap had a noticeable, almost euphoric effect. Drink a ton of water and be sure to take it easy, as your body will be in detox mode for the next 24 hours.

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There’s nothing better than resting in an infrared sauna and getting that sweaty glow. The sauna at Refresh Wellness feels like you’re at the spa and it’s super zen. After getting situated in my plush, comfy towel, I love cranking up the heat, zoning out, and just giving my body some much-needed self-care.

Infrared saunas can release 20% of toxins through sweat alone (like heavy metals and environmental stress)  compared to only 3% with traditional saunas. They also raise the core body temperature and penetrate several inches into the tissue. I usually book a session anywhere from 30-40 minutes and relish in the many benefits:

-Detoxification
-Pain relief and inflammation
-Weight loss (can burn 600 calories per session)
-Skin purification (mine literally glows when I’m finished as has that healthy flush)
-Helps fight infection and improves immunity
-Improves circulation and cardiovascular function
-Relaxes and restores

You’ll love the lack of distractions and it’s seriously such a treat. Afterward, towel off, enjoy some lemon water and conquer the rest of your day with that post-sauna glow.

Upcoming Classes refresh wellness

Refresh Wellness also offers wellness events and classes to challenge and inspire you to prioritize self-care and natural healing. Here are some upcoming classes that you’ll definitely want to check out:

Weight Loss, Nutrition and the Psychology of Eating with Laura Burkett
Tuesday, January 29th, 6:30 pm

Join Refresh Wellness with Holistic Nutrition and Eating Psychology Counselor Laura Burkett for this one-hour community class for women. Explore a nutritional and psychological approach to body weight. You’ll learn the fascinating variables that impact body weight (many that you won’t often hear in a gym or a doctor’s office). We’ll draw on Laura’s 10 years of experience doing counseling and coaching work with women. Come to learn and feel inspired.

Sign up: Weight Loss, Nutrition, and The Psychology of Eating $15.00

Results Driven Natural Skin Care and Tech Tools
Thursday, February 7th, 6:30 pm

If you are passionate about keeping up-to-date on new and improved products and tools available for natural anti-aging skin care, then you do not want to miss this event! Join us for a fun evening with the fabulous Joy Pratt as we sip wine and sample results-driven, award-winning products and tech tools, including the LED facial mask, Instant Face Lift, Micro-Needling device, and the Transforming Eye Treatment.

Sign up: Results Driven Natural Skin Care and Tech Tools

I cannot emphasize enough how much I love Refresh Wellness and their amazing wellness service. If you haven’t stopped in, be sure to book your next appointment ASAP. 2019 is the year of self-care, and holistic + natural wellness is the best way to treat yourself. They offer several new client specials and packages that are reasonably priced and definitely worth your time. You can find all the information on the Refresh Wellness website or give them a call (616-430-2254) to schedule your 1st appointment!

 

Get to the heart of your healing journey, the natural way–that’s the idea behind GR Natural Health. A natural health center that focuses on patient-centered care, GR Natural Health does it all, really. Over the years, they have developed a collaborative team of practitioners who inspire their clients to restore all areas of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I’ve visited these practitioners for a number of reasons, and can honestly say that everyone here is just amazing.

About GR Natural Healthnatural health

GR Natural Health is the only business in Grand Rapids that combines integrative health care with naturopathic medical professionals and natural healing methods such as acupuncture, health coaching, and energy therapy.

Practice Director & CEO: Kelly Peterson

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Kelly Peterson opened GR Natural Health inside a chiropractic office in 2012 after completing her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Since then, the practice has moved to the west side of downtown. Her team of integrative practitioners and services and continues to grow. Over the years, Kelly has cultivated an environment that appeals to anyone seeking holistic wellness, clean beauty, spa services, and natural remedies.

What to Expect

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During my first visit, I instantly noticed the bright, clean, and relaxing ambiance. Plenty of windows and natural light create a beautiful environment that’s ideal for anyone’s health and wellness journey. The front desk staff is friendly, helpful, and make you feel right at home. Need extra guidance choosing a service or want to get to know a staff member? They offer complimentary 15-minute meet and greet consultations to get you on the right track.

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Ok. Let’s get a couple wonderings out of the way.

Acupuncture? Energy healing? Sounds a little woo-woo, I get it.

But, give it a try. I did. Stephen Durell, a National Board Certified acupuncturist who works out of GR Natural Health one day a week, treats a wide range of conditions.  After just one session with him, I felt totally refreshed, euphoric, and less achy. It was a serious difference and totally worth the investment.

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I also had the pleasure of getting to know Chris Wheeler, an energy touch practitioner/ CranioSacral Therapist, and had an incredible experience. Her passion for showing people how the body can naturally heal itself was evident during my time with her.

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By incorporating breath, spiritual guidance, guided meditation, and intention, she helps people recover from trauma, pain, and even disease. She has extraordinary testimonials from clients who have been healed through her spiritual energy work and the results are impressive.

Integrative Health Carenatural health

More and more people are realizing the importance of preventative and natural medicine. Being prescribed prescription medications without a long-term solution doesn’t fully treat the problem. GR Natural Health utilizes a medical director, David Johnson MD, and a team of naturopathic doctors to provide both conventional and alternative therapies. Naturopathic medicine decreases the need for medical interventions by improving your well-being, preventing disease, and enhancing your overall health.

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Each doctor incorporates Integrative medicine, a healing-oriented practice that takes into account the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). Natural therapies include nutrition, exercise, stress/relaxation, herbal medicines, dietary supplements, and functional lab testing. Rest assured that you’ll not only receive sound medical advice but also additional support to enhance all areas of your life. 

Light Therapy

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LED Light Therapy offers serious benefits for the body, mind, and skin. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.  It sends low level light energy into the deepest layers of the skin, which stimulates multiple functions of repair and regeneration depending on the color of the light used.  Each light produces chemical reactions throughout damaged blood and nerve cells, which enables healing and relieves pain. If you’re dealing with common concerns such as inflammation, slow healing wounds, depression, stress, or even fine lines and wrinkles, give LED Light Therapy a try!  It’s a safe, noninvasive, procedure to help your body heal itself naturally.

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Every staff member at GR Natural Health is invested in your health and wellness. For example, Andrea Hop, certified health coach, is passionate about making knowledgeable food choices and focused on improving all aspects of wellness. She really gets to the root of your nutritional needs and guides you through a comprehensive evaluation that determines how to take more control of your health through food, mental clarity, and daily routines/ habits.  She’s personable, educated, and empowers you to build healthier habits.

Holistic Spa Servicesnatural health

Claudia Ellenberger, the massage therapist, is phenomenal, and uses hot stones and cupping to help alleviate stress and tension. If you haven’t tried cupping, you must! It’s invigorating, therapeutic, and helps improve circulation. I’ve also been treated to many facials by their phenomenal team of Estheticians and holistic skin care specialists.

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After months of treatment, I can say with confidence that they genuinely address your skin care needs, help you choose products that are most beneficial, and personalize each and every facial. GR Natural Health is committed to using organic, toxic-free products. The pumpkin and dark chocolate seasonal masks are heavenly. You can literally eat them, that’s how clean they are. Want to make your eyes really pop? They just added brow, lash, and waxing services.

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Treat yourself to a spa package for ultimate pampering and rejuvenation. If you need to restock, you can also purchase select skincare and makeup products via the GR Natural Health online store. I’ve used several from each line and LOVE the results. BONUS: They smell amazing and FEEL incredible. 

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GR Natural Health hosts fun and informative community events once a month including panel discussions that dive into healthcare concerns and trends. We especially loved the panel about cleansing and the many ways we can detox and give our bodies a break. Need a girl’s night out!? Stop by for their next beauty and spa event complete with appetizers, samples of skincare products, and mini facials!

Get Connectednatural health center

Want to schedule an appointment or learn more about the comprehensive services at GR Natural Health? Check out their integrative health blog or website, where staff regularly address a range of trending healthcare issues and controversial concerns. Schedule an appointment online or contact them anytime with questions. Oh! And you have to follow GR Natural Health on Instagram – they are all over it!

About the Author

Marjorie Behm founded GR Healthy Living in 2017 and has lived in Grand Rapids since 2006. She’s passionate about supporting local businesses that are positively impacting the community. She graduated from Hope College, has a Masters in Education, and loves anything health, wellness, and fitness related. When she’s not creating awesome content for GR Healthy Living, you can typically find her jogging Oscar the Weim (her sweet fur baby), exploring new trails on her road bike, planning travel adventures, and hanging with her friends and family.

 

Potential-based treatment plans through natural, non-invasive practices – that’s the big idea behind Dynamic Essence Chiropractic Center. Located in Grand Rapids, MI, this place is pretty amazing. Focused on physical and mental well-being, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt seek to empower people to develop lifelong, self-sustaining habits that positively impact the whole body. They not only fix you, but they give you the tools to fix yourself – inside and out.  

Meet Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt

Both Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt are just lovely individuals. Their passion and care shine through in every interaction. They make you feel welcome and their adjustments are intentional and gentle. I always look forward to my weekly visit and feeling amazing when I leave. They view chiropractic care as a healing art, improving the health and function of the body as a whole. Functional chiropractic care helps increase the communication between your brain, body, and environment.

Chiropractic Services Meant for Everyone

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Dynamic Essence offers a variety of services for pediatric patients, athletes, pregnancy, and adults in every walk of life. No matter who you are, they stand by the 4 pillars of care:

Mindset: They believe your personal perspective and desire in your health is a direct reflection of your ability to be well.

Movement: They believe that dysfunction and destruction are directly related to immobility on many levels. Mobility, in your spine and body, enhance your ability to be adaptable and healthy.

Nutrition: They believe that eating and digesting clean, chemical-free food generates more efficient function and longevity. Proper chiropractic care enhances your ability to rest and digest.

Recuperation: They believe that executing the proper recovery techniques help you to recharge your battery, and this directly relates to your health.

Approach

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Dr. Lisa and Britt’s approach to care is multi-fold. Knowing that clarity fuels the momentum to health, they seek to assist, inform, and empower everyone. While you may have interacted with various chiropractors in the past, Dynamic provides you with effective adjustments based on a personalized treatment plan and tailored exercises.

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Here, the doctors stress the importance of mind and body connectedness, helping you achieve better overall health. And beyond regular appointments, the staff here are always taking care one step further by posting informative and helpful videos online. They also offer classes, such as meditation workshops, that take your health to the next level.

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Whether you’re an expert athlete, retiree, young child or with child, Dynamic Essence Chiropractic Center is the place to find positive change, balance, and relief. And honestly, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt not only know their stuff, but their friendly demeanor and caring spirit make you feel entirely relaxed and comfortable. They’re pretty awesome.

Get Connected to Dynamic Essence

If you’re interested in learning more about their approach to chiropractic care, visit Dynamic Essence online or contact them to set up your first appointment.

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Transform your Mind, Body & Spirit with an energy therapy and nutritional cleansing session. Sam Kalawart is a Certified Energy Therapist & Nutrition Practitioner working out of her home studio, The Healing Space in Heritage Hill near downtown, Grand Rapids. This form of self-care, brings your wellness full-circle and allows you to strengthen your mind+body connection in a new way.

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Discovering Body Peace

After a high-stress job left her with facial paralysis, Sam used several natural modalities to fully recover within 21 days. Through her own health journey, she realized the power of an integrated approach with both nutritional cleansing and healing habits to achieve sustainable Body Peace.

For many women, eating right and exercising on a regular basis has become second nature. Yet they are still left feeling disconnected, anxious, chronically fatigued and burnt out. Energy Therapy works to address this missing link and bring your body back to its natural state of balance.

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If you have tried every diet under the sun with no success it may be “life toxins” or “emotional tension” getting in your way. When mental, emotional, or spiritual challenges are standing in your way, they can block your progress and undermine your health.

If cortisol (our stress hormone) is too high, diet and exercise may not be enough to achieve weight loss which is why stress-reduction and creating balance in your life is KEY to your success.

What to Expect

During an Energy Therapy session, suppressed emotions are released from your body, which naturally lowers stress. It is a gentle and supportive method that supports the release of negative patterns and built up emotions of the past. This modality of therapeutic touch truly empowers you as you let go of what is no longer serving you and revitalize your mind-body connection on all levels.

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Similar to getting a massage, you will lay on a table, fully clothed and faced up. Gentle spa music plays in the background as aromatherapy and light healing touch ensures a safe and relaxing state of mind. This is your time to completely decompress and be fully present in the moment. Emotional release during these sessions is common and welcomed. As the body purges emotional blocks you may feel strong emotions such as sadness, grief or anger released through tears. Most will stay in a relaxed meditative state or even fall asleep.

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Take Your Health to the Next Level

After the session, you will receive recommendations customized specifically for you. Because every aspect of our lives impacts the other, Sam look’s at strengthening not just your nutrition, but also your daily habits, self-care, stress, mindfulness and beyond to establish balance in both mind+body.

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Sam gives you the same tools she used in her own healing journey so that you can become your own healer. You will deepen your own intuitive knowing to understand which foods, supplements, guided meditations, morning affirmations and healing habits are needed so you can thrive in all aspects of your life and achieve the Body Peace you deserve!

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Learn More

If you are ready to deepen your own mind+body connection then click HERE to learn more about The Healing Space. Sam also hosts monthly workshops on Intuitive Eating, Natural Stress Reduction and more. She also leads Guided Emotional Release Meditations throughout Grand Rapids.

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