Rangeley Health and Wellness has expanded their wellness service offerings. They have now added acupuncture, reiki, Pilates, and mindful meditation classes to their roster of services. The focus of these new offerings is to promote holistic wellness. The addition of these services was in part driven by the stress that the pandemic has had on the population. Stressors can affect a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health in negative ways, and while regular exercise is a great stress reliever, it may not be enough for everyone. The new services are meant to bring convenient, healthy ways of managing stress to the region.

Here are some of the services the organization will begin offering:

Acupuncture services will now be offered by Cristi Demarco, L. Ac. Demarco has years of experience in the field and is a licensed acupuncturist, a nationally certified herbalist, and a craniosacral therapist. Acupuncture encourages self-care and healthy body awareness. A variety of conditions are treated, including but not limited to muscle pain, digestive distress, depression, anxiety and/or other mental health related issues, respiratory function, neurological migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more. Appointment times are available Fridays between 9AM-2:30PM

Cristi DeMarco

Reiki is a form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. Reiki, which is used all over the world in places including healthcare settings such as hospitals and hospices, was developed in the early 1900s. It aids in healing by helping people become energetically balanced physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Reiki III Master Practitioner Tina LoRusso will begin offering appointments on May 1st at Rangeley Health and Wellness.

Massage appointments are available 7 days a week through Rangeley Health and Wellness. Two therapists are available to book appointments with, and both are experienced in a variety of massage techniques. Benefits of massage include reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system, reduction of stress hormones, relaxation, increased joint mobility and flexibility and reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms.

Pilates is a form of full body, low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates exercises use mostly body weight as resistance, focus on core strengthening and has the potential to cultivate mindfulness during the exercises. Classes will be offered three days a week Mondays, 5-6 pm, Wednesdays 9-10 am and Saturdays 8-9 am beginning April 19th. The instructor Marisol Razik has been teaching Pilates since 2018 and when not in Maine, instructs out of her own studio overseas.

Mindful mediation 
Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down your thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind. Practicing Mindful meditation can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. Rangeley Adult Education will be offering Mindfulness & Meditation classes with certified meditation instructor, Jon Morton at Rangeley Health and Wellness twice a week on Tuesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 9 am. Interested students must sign up in advance through Rangeley Adult Education at 207.670.5240 or email [email protected]

Jon Morton

To learn more about the programs and services offered by Rangeley Health and Wellness, visit their website at rrhwp.org or call our fitness center at 207-864-4397.

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