A 120-year-old north Brainerd brick house supports six different businesses that share a common theme and serves as a home at the same time.
Debbie Endres opened Life Care Center in the house on Kingwood Street last year. Endres, a certified massage therapist, said her goal was a blending -- or integrated approach -- to healing that provided options for people. She said the center works with doctors and clients who are combining more traditional medical methods with alternative options, such as massage, meditation and motion. At the core, Endres said, is a way to reduce stress.
"I'm living in my dream," Endres said of her vision for the center and where it is today. "I feel incredibly fortunate."
When she started massage therapy about 15 years ago, Endres said it took several years for the practice to gain acceptance as having a health benefit. In the past decade, Endres said people are much more receptive to the healing of massage therapy and schedule monthly visits or time for themselves at least twice a year.
She said massage is moving from a rare pampering event to a more regular part of daily life and stress reduction. Endres is now doing more motivational speaking on simplifying life and reducing stress and expects to grow that side of her business in the future.
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Trude Gode (left), Center of Aromatherapy Research and Education certified instructor, applied essential oils to Debbie Endres at The Life Care Center in Brainerd.
The theme of health, healing and stress reduction is repeated in the six independent businesses housed in the center. The house is also home for Endres. After a garage was converted to a studio, creating room for group gatherings and classes, a few changes in the home were made to make it more livable and separate from the working spaces.
The studio is rented out for small events and used by the individual businesses based in the center.
Dan Hegstad, Full Circle T'ai Chi, works at the center with classes in the studio. Hegstad said the benefits of T'ai Chi, a Chinese system of physical exercises designed especially for self-defense and meditation, include finding mental and emotional balance through physical balance.
Hegstad said the connection between mind and body is well known in terms of one's emotions and mental health affecting the physical. A feeling of well-being can work in the other direction, too, Hegstad said. Physical balance and calm can translate to mental and emotional calm, he said.
Life Care Center
The center acts as a setting for six independent businesses.
Debbie Endres, center owner and certified massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. Reiki is an ancient type of healing developed in Japan involving gentle massage therapy and deep relaxation.
Julie Blanchard, Reiki master/instructor, Center of Aromatherapy Research and Education certified instructor.
Trude Gode, Young Living Essential Oils. CARE certified instructor.
Dr. Donald Starzinksi, acupuncture, herbal medicine and QiGong, a self-healing art that combines movement and meditation.
Dan Hegstad, Full Circle T'ai Chi, a Chinese system of physical exercises designed especially for self-defense and meditation. Julie Guth also works as a teacher.
Stu Popkin, Purposeful Living, integrative mental health and adult, couples and group therapy.
Those lessons can be put to practical use in the real world and at work where people experience stress, Hegstad said. "Once you are relaxed you can think more clearly," he said.
Hegstad said T'ai Chi doesn't require a uniform or a belt and people can start at any time.
Trude Gode, Center of Aromatherapy Research and Education certified instructor at the center, became involved in essential oils after her own knee operation. Still limping months later, Gode said she tried essential oils and found relief. She does the rainbow technique, a series of oils applied to help relieve toxins, aches and pains.
She said her husband thought the oils, created from plants, were just something to keep her busy until he found relief from bad cold symptoms using them.
"They can bring the body back to health naturally," Gode said. "They are amazing."
The center offers a variety of classes and events around health and wellness, with topics such as: thinking more positively; the Japanese ancient healing art of Reiki; stress management; and healing through divorce. Monday night the center is host to Gode's presentation on "The healing oils of the Bible."
RENEE RICHARDSON can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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