Getting Healthy at the Holistic Health Care Fair

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Thinking of all the aches and pains of winter ahead, a group of holistic healers have banded together to give the public a chance to sample their offerings -- everything from massage and herbs to acupuncture and psychotherapy -- at the Holistic Health Care Fair.

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"Holistic healing is the idea of bringing in people's emotional well-being, psychological well-being and physical well-being and understanding that mind-body connection. Oftentimes, that doesn't get the kind of attention it deserves as actual medical services in this culture," says Lee Hurter, an acupuncturist with Moving Points Acupuncture and Wellness who is one of the organizers of this Saturday's Holistic Health Care Fair. "The idea was to bring together folks who had those kind of philosophies in different areas to be able to shine a little more light on some of those styles of healing."

Hurter and massage therapist Michelle Castor of Agua y Sangre Healing, who'd met each other through volunteer work for the Denver Community Health Collective, selected a group of massage therapists, acupuncturists, psychotherapists and herbalists to participate in this first event. "We've been cautious to make sure the people invited have values that resemble our own or that of the Denver Community Health Collective: people with sliding-scale and low-cost treatments and folks that we trust to be not too culturally appropriative and have an analysis of race and class in their work," Hurter says.

At the event, the massage therapists and acupuncturists will offer $5 treatments; psychotherapists and a doula will be available to talk about their services. Herbal tea and herbal tinctures will be available for all. "It's going to be an opportunity for people to talk to the different practitioners, have mini-treatments, have tea and see what they're interested in," Hurter says. "We like the idea of having it in an open space where people can walk around and look at what the different options are and not necessarily feel like they have to commit to getting a treatment if they want to show up"

The Mercury Café donated its Jungle Room for the free fair, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, at 2199 California Street. The participating healers include Hurter, Castor, doula Elizabeth Diaz Ordaz of Que Venga La Luz, somatic psychotherapist Sky Snogren, Adrian Mintzmyer of Mountain Plant Medicine, psychotherapist Linda Hsieh, massage therapist Jessica Eubanks, Brandee Shilling of Community Unity Accupuncture, and Bridget Malloy of Bridget's Botanicals.

For more information, go to the event's Facebook page.

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