WCSU Institute for Holistic Health Studies announces Wellness Wednesday workshops, more

DANBURY, CONN. — With fall quickly approaching, the Western Connecticut State University Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS), an extension of the Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX), has renewed its focus on promoting health and wellbeing in the community with a series of “Wellness Wednesday Workshops” to take place on campus starting on Sept. 14, 2016

The workshops, free of charge and open to the public, will be at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 127 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

The series will include:

Sept. 14: “Chakradance” with Life Coach and Reiki Master Khristee Rich.
Chakradance is a fun and engaging dance with specific music designed to center and balance each of the seven chakras, or energy centers, of the body. Enjoy the music and the movement to realign the body and mind for better health. Learn more at www.dancingcurtain.com.

Sept. 28: “Reflexology” with Reflexologist and Health Coach Patrick Lucas.
Relax, reduce stress and promote the renewal of physical and emotional strength with this course that teaches about a deeply relaxing natural form of healing based on the principle that there are reflexology points on the feet that correspond to the various parts and systems of the body. To find out more, visit www.wellnesspathways.com.

Oct. 12: “Sleep Issues” with Chiropractor Dr. Michael Murphy.
Get a better night’s sleep after learning about the benefits of chiropractic treatment for back pain and headaches. This seminar focuses on how a good rest also involves nutrition, exercise and positive lifestyle choices. Learn more at www.murphyfamilychiro.com.

Oct. 26: “Reiki for Us and Our Animals” with Reiki Master Pam Pollard.
Certain external factors can affect the energy systems within the mind and body. Learn how the holistic healing technique known as Reiki can be beneficial to both people and their pets. Visit www.facebook.com/reikieessentials to learn more.

Nov. 2: “Pets and Your Health” with Holistic Animal Groomer Mary Oquendo.
Oquendo will discuss how we keep our pets healthy, and how pets keep us healthy in return. Learn more about animal-based therapy at www.handsandpawsreiki.com.

Nov. 16: “Gratitude” with Integrative Health Educator and Wellness Consultant Debbie Morgan.
Morgan will discuss how a grateful attitude benefits the mind, body and soul. Visit www.integrativehealthadvocacy.com for more information.

Nov. 30: “Stress in the Body” with Certified Personal Trainer Seana Hart.
Stress can affect the mind, body and spirit. Learn how to recognize and reduce symptoms of stress and address them head-on. Visit www.earthfitnf.com for more information.

In addition to the “Wellness Wednesday” workshop series, the IHHS will offer several fall events. These events include:

Sahaja Yoga Meditation Series
On the second Tuesday of the month starting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in Room 103 of Warner Hall on the Midtown campus. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple, yet profound, guided meditation with easy-to-do hand movements all done while sitting in the comfort of a chair. Subsequent dates are Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

Holistic and Integrative Health Initiatives (Part One)
Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., Room 218 of the Classroom Building, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury. A panel discussion with a yoga teacher, a shamanic Reiki practitioner and a personal trainer. Follow their journey from practitioners to businesswomen. This event is presented in collaboration with the Center for Entrepreneurship, Research, Innovation, and Creativity (ERIC).

Holistic and Integrative Health Initiatives (Part Two)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., Room 127 of White Hall on the Midtown campus. A panel discussion with local practitioners: a chiropractor, naturopathic physician, osteopathic physician and a medical doctor practicing functional medicine.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., internationally recognized health expert and author of “Love, Medicine, and Miracles,” Dr. Bernie Siegel will discuss “The Art of Healing.” A book signing will follow. Get tickets at www.wcsu.edu/tickets. Tickets are $22 for the public, $12 for WCSU employees, and free for WCSU students with I.D.

Herbs and Remedies for Stress with Lupo Passero, owner/founder of Twin Star Herbs.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 127 of White Hall on the Midtown campus. For more information or to register for this workshop, visit www.twinstartribe.com/.

The HPX department at WCSU offers two Bachelor of Science degrees: Health Education (Certification Pre-K-12) and Health Promotion Studies. Within the Health Promotion Studies program, students may choose one of four options/concentrations: Wellness Management, Community Health, Allied Health Professions, and Holistic and Integrative Health. The students in these degree programs are prepared for entry-level, certified health education specialist (CHES) positions.

The focus of studying health promotion and exercise science is to educate students about the importance of a physically active lifestyle, wellness, fitness, health protection and preventative services in schools and the larger global community.

For more information about WCSU HPX programs, contact Robyn Housemann at housemannr@wcsu.edu. For information about the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, contact Christel Autuori at autuoric@wcsu.edu.



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