Monday, June 1, 2015

Insight - Wellness Fair brings like-minded people together - By Michelle Libby

This past Saturday, I spent the morning at the first annual Windham Wellness Fair. What’s a wellness fair? It’s a place where practitioners from the area, from massage therapists and Reiki masters to natural cooking companies and even the Windham Public Library, joined together to share their talents and skills. People were given Reiki sessions, I had a psychic reading (for lack of a term) with Georgana Prudhomme, who was amazing and put my mind at ease about a few things that were on my mind.
The fair was organized by Bob Beane and Lisa DeFosse. Visitors were treated to healthy snacks and the opportunity to receive services free or for low cost. 

The world, and healthcare specifically, is changing and people are more in touch with natural ways to heal themselves, said DeFosse, a massage therapist in Windham. We now hear more and more about preventative care, rather than reactive care, where we end up in the hospital. 

Chiropractor Mark Wasowski from Windham Chiropractic had a popular table doing posture analysis. There were also crystals for sale and door prize drawings for all who attended. (I won one.) Laurel Parker from The Windham Public Library brought a selection of books chosen especially for this event, and her table had self-help books, nutrition books and other topics.

Michelle Bolen, LCSW, did a demonstration on neurofeedback, which drew a large crowd and encouraged the organizers to consider adding more demonstrations for next year.  

Organizers of the event were pleased with the turn out, they said, and hope to have an even bigger event next year with exciting breakout demonstrations. They are looking for more practitioners to join them on the wellness fair committee. They are also looking to start an integrative health care networking group here in Windham. The first meeting is scheduled for June 12, at 6 p.m. at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road, and all are welcome. For more information, contact Bob Beane at

If you’ve never been to a wellness fair before, I recommend you check them out. The people are friendly and you never know what you might learn.

Michelle Libby

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