April 19, 2014

‘Spring Inspirit’ open house for wellness

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Five wellness practitioners—Vicky Greenia, Michelle Robbins , Geri Ann Higgins, Michelle Foster and Erin Brigham—share a space at 528 Essex Road. The practitioners have formed Inspirit Events, and will host an open house May 11. (Observer courtesy photo)

Five wellness practitioners—Vicky Greenia, Michelle Robbins , Geri Ann Higgins, Michelle Foster and Erin Brigham—share a space at 528 Essex Road. The practitioners have formed Inspirit Events, and will host an open house May 11. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Phyl Newbeck

Observer correspondent

Five wellness practitioners have pooled their resources and merged their practices under one roof in Williston.

Erin Brigham, Michelle Foster, Vicky Greenia, Geri Ann Higgins and Michelle Robbins have all brought their expertise to 528 Essex Road. On May 11, from noon to 4 p.m., the quintet will host an open house, which they are calling Spring Inspirit. The five hope to continue putting together classes and workshops for the community under the label Inspirit Events.

Visitors to the open house will get the equivalent of a mini-spa visit at no cost. Mini-massages and bodywork will be offered, together with yoga and Pilates classes, group meditation, limited Tarot consultation, aromatherapy, sound therapy and Reiki. Alise Certa of Buttermilk Pastries & Pies will provide samples of her gluten-free and raw products. Various other wellness practitioners will have tables providing free information about their services. Attendees will receive two tickets for the complimentary mini sessions and can participate in any of the group activities.

The five practitioners have what Higgins refers to as “complementary and alternative healing modalities.”

Greenia is the proprietor of Mindful Massage. Robbins owns Inside Out Body Therapy and teaches classes on topics like cleaning without chemicals. Brigham runs Erin Brigham Massage, which also includes active/passive stretching. Foster has The Body Well, which includes deep tissue and relaxation massage. Higgins owns the most eclectic business, Fully Present, which includes traditional Reiki, Reiki integrated with sound, singing bowl meditation and Tarot consultation. The five coordinate their schedules to share an office space with a reception area and two practice rooms, but for the open house they will use the entire second floor of the building.

Robbins was the first of the five to settle into the space on Route 2A. The first person she invited to join her was Greenia, who had interned with her when she taught a massage class at Community College of Vermont. After that, she invited Foster, with whom she had worked in Lamoille County. The more wellness practitioners she invited, the more she began to envision the office as collaborative rather than just individual practitioners.

“It’s really lovely,” Robbins said. “If I’m going away or something else is happening or if I’m just not the right person for a client, I can recommend others in the same space.”

Higgins believes all five businesses complement each other. Although there are several massage therapists, each has her own specialty and, therefore, are not in competition with one another.

“We all want to get wellness out to the community,” said Higgins “so we thought it would be great to join forces in one setting. We created Inspirit Events so we can hold workshops and classes throughout the year; not just by us but other folks in our network, as well.”

Robbins describes herself as “giddy” about the open house.

“People will be happy when they come,” she said “and happier when they leave.”

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