Reaching Out to the Niagara Community
We think everyone in the community should have the opportunity and tools to gain and maintain good health and overall wellbeing. Sometimes the constraints are ideology, with heavy scepticism of what holistic healing is all about and what our bodies need (lack of knowledge), whereas other constraints might include financial barriers or simply transportation and access. As such, Kelly and I have talked about how we can help the Niagara Community when there are these kinds of constraints to people’s wellbeing, and would like to offer some initiatives to those who need or want it.
Post-Secondary Students in Niagara – Brock University & Niagara College
There have been concerns in the community about the wellbeing of university and college students in the Niagara Region; student Mental Health is a growing concern for parents, faculty and administration. As a university lecturer, I see numerous students that are stressed, anxious, and sometimes feeling a little lost. Many work part-time in addition to attending school full-time, and many have family obligations that demand their time. Excelling and successfully completing an Undergraduate, Masters, or Doctoral degree is becoming increasing more challenging, with unanswered questions about what happens when they graduate; the job market is tough, even for an educated demographic.
It was recently announced that Brock University will receive $360,240 to partner with Niagara College and address the growing concern about student mental health. Numerous initiatives are being set in motion, such as The Holistic Wellness Initiative that will start by working with Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit student needs. We have also seen some exam stress-busters, such as visiting puppies – spending time with animals is an excellent way to de-stress.
Earlier this month, Mount Royal University in Alberta offered students free 15 minute Reiki sessions at the university during exam time to alleviate stress and anxiety, and to aid in relaxing. I was really thrilled to read about this, and think it would be great to offer this at Brock and Niagara College. Kelly & I will be looking into this, and connecting with people who could help make it happen for exams next year.
Meanwhile, we would like to offer Brock and Niagara College students over the age of 18 access to Holistic Services, without the worry of a heavy fee for service. A 30 minute Usui Reiki Session is only $20 for Brock and Niagara College students. And, we have a bus-stop right in front of our door (#6 Lake St Bus).
Seniors in Niagara
Seniors in Niagara also face financial constraints and transportation issues. If you’re unable to come to our location, we can travel to you; just let us know what you need. And, we are also offering a reduced rate for members of the Niagara Senior’s Community: a 30 minute Usui Reiki Session is only $20.
Financial situations or lack of monetary flow should never be a barrier to receiving holistic healing. Although it’s a sensitive topic, if you find yourself in a position where you cannot afford the regular fees for Reiki, please let us know and we can chat about arrangements.