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Organizing a kids wellness day at the Community Children's Center are chiropractor Erika Gushon, left, and massage therapist Keri Speck, here holding a triangle pose with their kids Isaac Gushon and Izanna Speck. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Organizing a kids wellness day at the Community Children's Center are chiropractor Erika Gushon, left, and massage therapist Keri Speck, here holding a triangle pose with their kids Isaac Gushon and Izanna Speck. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Kids wellness day at Children’s Center

Local health practitioners Erika Grushon and Keri Speck have organized a kid’s wellness day this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to educate kids and parents on holistic health alternatives for children, including yoga, massage, aromatherapy, good nutrition, herbs and more.

At the workshop, being held  at the Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center at 320 Corry Street, Grushon, Speck and many other area wellness practitioners will teach ways to improve relaxation, eat well and avoid health dangers.

Ann Cooper will tell stories, Jen Ater, Gail Lichtenfels and Marcia Sauer will teach yoga, Elizabeth Harlow will run a dance class and Janet Mueller will teach belly dancing as part of the day’s scheduled activities. Also offered throughout the day will be massage therapy with Speck and Jaimie Wilke, Amy Chavez’s herbs for kids and emotional first aid, and Victoria Spurgeon’s guided imagery with aromatherapy and puppet play for non-violent conflict resolution.

Schedule of Activities:

11 a.m., 11:45, and 12:30 p.m – Storytimes with Ann Cooper

11 –11:30 a.m. – Yoga for Kids! with Jen Ater

12 – 12:30 p.m. – Yoga for Kids! with Jen Ater

1 – 1:30 p.m. – Parent/Child Dance Movement Class with Elizabeth Harlow (Ages 3–5)

1:30 – 2 p.m. – Belly Dancing for Kids! with Janet Mueller

2 – 2:30 p.m. – Yoga for Kids! with Marcia Sauer

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Dance Movement Class with Elizabeth Harlow (Ages 6 and up)

With nutritious snacks, seed-planting, art-making and many other drop-in activities Grushon and Speck said they hope that the event is a fun way for families to learn how to care for themselves, rather than just relying on the conventional medical system.

“We wanted it to be self-help so parents realize they have the power to control the health of [their children],” Grushon said. “People don’t think about kids getting massage or acupuncture.”

For more information, call Erika Grushon at 767-7251 or email Keri Speck at keri45387 {at} yahoo(.)com.

See the April 14 issue of the News for the full story.

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