“I have always struggled with anxiety and have recently had a number of losses which have increased my anxiety. The meditation helped me release my emotions and I felt calm and relaxed after. I slept better than I had in months that night and had a feeling of peace for the week following.”
That heartfelt sentiment is at the core of Red Deer’s In Harmony Meditation and Wellness Centre.
“We are all about healing and we offer so many ways to help people do that,” says In Harmony’s Wendy Hansen.
Since opening seven weeks ago, response has been amazing, with feedback informing an evolving selection of programs and services, from herbal and aromatherapy, reiki and tarot card readings, to meditation and athletic mental training for groups or individuals.
For those unsure about which modality might best suit their needs, it helps to come in, speak with someone and simply experience the space, including the beautiful and calming meditation room. “Once you step into the space, it’s breathtaking,” Hansen says. “There’s always someone here to help you find what you need to heal.”
The centre also boasts a well-stocked lending library filled with books on a variety of topics. With a $5 membership, borrow books for as long as you need.
“People tend to open up as soon as they come in because they sense it’s a safe space,” Hansen reflects. “They might mention that they’ve lost people close to them, so we can talk about our grief sessions. Or maybe they feel lost, so life coaching might help them get back on track.”
Innovative new modalities
New modalities are also added in response to community need, she notes, pointing to innovative offerings like state-of-the-art 3D aura/ Chakra scan, which gathers and compiles a detailed report identifying your overall well-being and helps you recognize areas you need to work on for total mind body balance.
Parent and Tot Meditation invites parent and child to share a peaceful setting and connection, echoing the mantras to themselves and each other. “You can still find your peace, and the calmer you are, the calmer the child will be,” Hansen says.
Older children and youth can benefit from age-specific, small group anxiety workshops that not only explore sources of anxiety but coping strategies, confidence boosters and more.
Regardless of what is blocking your ability to be happy and well, In Harmony’s professional, certified practitioners will work with you to help your energy flow freely again.
“Most of us don’t recognize it as blockages in our energy or on the subconscious level. We see and feel physical pain or trauma and get stuck in that space. Through different methodologies, we can identify what is happening inside your body, with your energy systems, pinpoint areas that require your immediate attention and then help you achieve wellness again.”