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Spa Feast visitors seek relief from stress

January 29, 2006|By TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -

More than 250 people came to see acupuncture and massage demonstrations and to learn about stress reduction and treatments available to promote health Saturday at the 16th annual Spa Feast at the Inn & Spa at Berkeley Springs.

Jeanne Mozier, vice president of Travel Berkeley Springs and producer of Spa Feast, said there were a lot of repeat attendees this year.

They also came to take advantage of the special promotions in Berkeley Springs associated with Spa Feast, Mozier said.

People waited patiently to participate in the free massage and acupuncture demonstrations and to get their blood pressure checked by War Memorial Hospital staff.

Every half-hour, there was a door-prize drawing for a free gift for a lucky participant.

Becky Milburn of Atasia Spa said herbal wraps on the arm for detoxification, sugar scrub exfoliations and neck massages were demonstrated by Kim Strickland, their licensed massage therapist.

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Ruby Bienert demonstrated acupuncture. She is a licensed acupuncturist with the Bath House Health Center.

Bienert taped radish seeds to the participant's ears on an acupuncture point known to relieve stress and anxiety, she said.

The participant was told to press the ear between the thumb and forefinger for about 15 seconds.

"This stimulates the release of endorphins, which makes you more calm," Bienert said.

She said this is part of a "five-needle protocol" and is used for addictions associated with withdrawal. Bienert said she specializes in treating addictions.

The ear seed, which is the correct size to stimulate an acupuncture point, is "just a symptomatic treatment," she said.

"I suggest acupuncture treatments to correct the underlying pattern of disharmony, and to learn how to live life more harmoniously," Bienert said.

Michelle Oxley has been a licensed massage therapist for 13 years and is with the Bath House Health Center. She demonstrated the Swedish massage technique on Kathy Shreve from Glen Dale, W.Va., who was visiting her daughter in Berkeley Springs.

Shreve, who looked very relaxed afterward, said she enjoyed Oxley's massage.

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