Alternative healthcare providers gather at Harrod Expo
HARROD — Alternative health vendors and activity leaders gathered at the Harrod Event Center on Saturday for the Voices of Prosperity Discover Wellness exhibit.
Visitors sampled food and smoothie samples as they explored the more than 31 tables of community business owners from Allen County and Auglaize County who represented different aspects of wellness. These included providers such as massage therapists, Reiki practitioners, acupuncturists and doulas, who work alongside nurse midwives to provide emotional support during childbirth. According to the vendor, they offered items for sale, gift cards, and even onsite services.
Megan Fisher, founder and executive director of Voices of Prosperity who organized the event, said today’s goal was to create a “pop-up shop” with educational aspirations.
“First and foremost, we hope guests have become more knowledgeable about all of the amazing options in our community. Second, we have sought to create a great social outing. Music and food bring people together, and while ‘they’re here, we’re talking about mental health and how to take care of yourself,” Fisher said. “We’re a nonprofit whose goal is to help people be creative in leading a healthy living.We work with everything from other nonprofits to large corporations, even doing one-on-one meetings, to help people relax and embrace the creative process.
Rissa Reel, a motivational speaker, started the event by leading a discussion on mental wellness encouraging others to not be alone in their struggles and to use their voice and be heard.
Joey Arthur engaged people with a drum circle, which was historically used in Native American and African cultures, as a cathartic way to bring people together and relieve stress.
American Vital Karate provided a live demonstration of Kyokushin Karate, teaching people how to harness the powerful natural movements of the body to protect themselves against violent attackers. He employs “kumite”, full contact combat.
“I was bullied in school, so when I turned 18 I joined a club and I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Lima Senior graduate and head instructor Jerry Poe. from Kyokushin Karate to American Vital Karate.
Subsequently, Jason Cooper performed a range of reggae, folk, rock and Indy music, creating an atmosphere of diversity and relaxation.
Courtney J. Owens, life coach, motivational speaker and poet, led an empowering and uplifting on-site poetry jam at the end of the day.
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Salespeople in the Harrod Event Center glassroom took the time to answer questions and explain their products and services to shoppers.
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