Healthy Living Trailblazer Returns to Mobile

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Virginia’s Health Food Store in Mobile, Alabama is excited to welcome retired nutritionist Betylou Pierce to their staff. Pierce opened the Mobile health food store Naturally Yours in 1990 and for more than 10 years she used the store to help people live healthier lives, often hosting courses on how the body works and heals. She also owned the restaurant Eats of Eden, where they introduced many locals to vegetarian and vegan cuisine and juicing.

Pierce just recently moved back to the area after living in Mississippi for 12 years and she says, “I love educating people about healthy living; it’s my life and I want to share it with everybody.” At Virginia’s, Pierce will work a couple days a week and be available by appointment to help guide customers on a path of wellness.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be working at Virginia’s,” she says. “I’m seeing some familiar faces and having a good time. It’s good to be home.”

Location: 3055 A Dauphin St., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-479-3952 or visit Va-FairhopeHealthFoods.com. 

Enroll Your Healing Hands in Massage Therapy School

Alabama Healing Arts (AHA), Mobile’s newest, locally-owned vocational college, is accepting applications for spring enrollment of massage therapy school. AHA educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming professional licensed massage therapists (LMTs).

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“Therapeutic massage is a beautiful healing practice. It makes a perfect adjunct therapy to many healthcare professions. This fulfilling career allows for great flexibility, versatility and creativity. LMTs are becoming more and more in demand each year,” says owner Kelly Laurendine.

Evening massage classes are scheduled to begin in April, and daytime classes in October. The 650-hour curriculum meets state requirements for preparing students to become licensed therapists. This interactive massage program emphasizes hands-on technique demonstration and practice, includes specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA currently has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensure exam.

AHA also offers 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher training, and three levels of reiki certification which may be purchased individually, and for continuing education.

For more information or to request an application, call 251-753-1937, email AlabamaHealingArts@gmail.com or visit AlabamaHealingArts.com.

Essential Oils and Reflexology Coupled in New Program

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Licensed massage therapist and certified registered reflexologist Laurie Azzarella, of Daphne, Alabama, has launched a new empowering educational program called Reflex-OIL-ogy. In these classes, parents, caregivers, oilers and professional bodyworkers benefit from learning how to therapeutically apply essential oils to enhance the functionality of the body and its systems.

In this 8-hour course, taught in one day, students gain a practical, in-depth understanding of each body system’s function so they can assess reflex areas on feet and hands and then, using a unique application technique, apply appropriate essential oils. Stretching, muscle relaxation, energy and meridian points plus proprietary Emotional Congestion Release Technique is also incorporated into each module.

“I’ve seen how environmental toxins in our air, food, water, media and personal care products have hardened the reflex areas in our hands and feet. When I began using essential oils on the reflexes of the feet they helped create an oxygenized, therapeutic impulse flow of energy into the body,” says Azzarella, who has been an Ingham Reflexologist for more than 25 years, as well as an Essential Oil Educator. “This wholistic systematic program is the culmination of my teaching experience and my passion to empower others.”

For class schedule and more information, call 850-380-4943 or visit Reflex-OIL-ogy.com.