Wooster Holistic Wellness and Alternative Treatments Fair

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WOOSTER — Reverend Brooke Winkler understands that the past two years have been stressful for many.

Aside from the pandemic, domestic disputes and international threats, many of his clients have expressed their anxieties about everyday life.

For eight years, Winkler has provided mind and body wellness services to individuals and programs at Wooster to help manage everyday stress through her business: Engaging the Spirit. This includes yoga and belly dancing classes, as well as practicing meditation and reiki, she said.

Now, she hopes to give everyone in Wayne and surrounding counties a taste of what wellness of mind and body has to offer.

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Winkler will host the first-ever WHATT (Wellness, Holistic, Alternative Treatment and Therapy) show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Shisler Center in Wooster.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $10. Debit, credit and cash are accepted at the entrance.

An assortment of wellness activities and area vendors

Winkler spent nearly five months organizing the event. During that time, she fought with more than 35 providers in Wayne and neighboring counties and won support from mental and physical health services like NAMI and OneEighty.

Starting at 10:05 a.m., 13 half-hour classes and presentations are available to everyone, ranging from hypnotherapy to pelvic health and complementary treatments for mental health, according to EngagingTheSpirit.com.

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Classes are taught by guest instructors who are experts on each subject, Winkler said.

Cabin Cakes, the Curry Pot and Unleash Your Health with Anne, Access Consciousness Bars will offer food options for in-between parties.

Other providers will supplement the 13 courses with information on topics such as chiropractic care and the health benefits of herbs.

An indoor meditation room and maze will be available to practice mindfulness while reiki sessions will be open to everyone, Winkler said. Therapy dogs will also be available for pet-focused support.

Maze walking is a form of meditation that allows the individual to focus only on their steps and breathing, she said.

“Reiki is a form of energy healing,” she said. “You place your hands on someone and allow your energy to support them,” which reduces stress and anxiety.

For more information on the fair, visit its website.

From mental therapy to well-being of body and mind

After 20 years as a mental health therapist, Winkler decided to change. Helping people was her calling, but she wanted to do something different, so she researched mind-body medicine.

“When I was in private practice, many of my patients were looking for medical alternatives,” Winkler said.

In short, mind-body medicine emphasizes improvements in mental health to enhance physical health – and vice versa.

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What she learned inspired her to open Engaging the Spirit in 2016 as a part-time business. Four years later, she dropped out of mental therapy to go full time.

Winkler’s wellness business offers classes and activities like chakra balancing, laughter yoga, self-care, and hypnotherapy.

In her personal experience, she has used mind-body medicine to address her digestive issues and to help with secondary trauma, she said.

With her business booming, Winkler is working on her doctorate in mind-body medicine. She hopes to use this knowledge to further her goal of helping others.

Contact Bryce by email at [email protected]

On Twitter: @Bryce_Buyakie

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