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Women’s workshops to be held on empowerment, aromatherapy

Lu Snyder

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Women’s Center is offering two workshops for women this week – offering empowerment and information.

Susan Metzger, a local healing arts trainer, will lead a group meditation tonight helping women toward empowerment.

“This is called a guided, healing meditation, which is very different from where you sit and focus on a mantra,” Metzger said.

Metzger will begin the meditation by guiding participants to balance their seven chakras, which are energy vortexes in the body that correspond to personal and health issues. The rest of the meditation will focus on the second chakra, she said, which is located beneath the navel and relates to money, power and sexuality.

Metzger then will have participants focus on a personal or health issue with which they are struggling, in an effort to overcome it or – at least – diminish its effect on their bodies.

Guided healing meditations can provide dramatic healing, even in one session, Metzger said. For others, it may take several sessions, but the meditation still can provide a sense of acceptance, peace, calm and some resolution.

Women should wear comfortable clothing and may want to bring a blanket or a mat, should they wish to lie down for the meditation. Beginners are welcome.

On Thursday, Kathy Jones, co-owner of Alpine Natural Foods in Frisco will lead a workshop on aromatherapy, which is more than a way to scent one’s home, she said.

Essential oils are made from live plant essences – seeds, bark and flowers – which are distilled into oils that are 70 percent more potent than herbs, Jones said. They can be used instead of traditional cleaning supplies or medicines and are safe, with no side effects.

“There a lot of therapeutic uses, as well as fragrant uses, for essential oils,” Jones said.

A few drops of lavender on your pillow, for example, can help relax you into sleep and a little bit of peppermint can help relieve a headache and stimulate you when your energy is low, she said.

Women’s Workshops

n What: Women’s empowerment

meditation

n When: 7 to 8 p.m. today

n Where: Summit County Community and Senior Center

n What: Aromatherapy

n When: 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday

n Where: Borders Books Cafe, Dillon

n All workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, contact Terri Tobey at (970) 389-1502.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or lsnyder@summitdaily.com.


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