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Find healing at Namasé

February 18, 2002|By STEFANIE GREENBERG, Staff Writer

Sitting in a quiet building within a near-deserted shopping center is a respite of healing.

Down an otherwise plain and normal hallway, a door opens to melodies of subdued chanting in a candlelit room.

On the opposite side of the hall, a door leads to a colorful Indonesian wall hanging displaying the body's energy centers as an incense-like smell lingers outside.

Namasté.

I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me. We are one.

It is the mantra of the three employees at Namasté Health Associates.

Darcy J. Sessions, licensed massage technician at Namasté, started the business in 1993 with then-partner Terri McMains. After working for many years in a family business, she said she was ready for a change, leading to her licensing and eventual courses in myofascial/osseous integration, another type of therapy.

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Now she works with husband and wife team Robert and Jennifer Villalobos. Robert is a certified massage technician and working on becoming a holistic health practitioner. Jennifer is a nationally licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.

Sessions said the difference between allopathic and alternative medicine is allopathic treats the symptoms and Namasté treats the causes, "helping the body come into balance and harmony."

Clientele come to Namasté for a variety of reasons — stress relief, trauma-related injuries, chronic sickness such as sinus infections, asthma and allergies as well as depression.

"They're sick of tired of being sick and tired," said Sessions.

Ronda Worsley said she has been coming for treatments every few weeks since December. She was in the office for an acupuncture session.

"It is something I've been fascinated with for 10 years," said Worsley.

As a teacher, Worsley said it easy to catch her students' illnesses.

She said of typical Western treatments: "The relief is temporary and not long-lasting."

Since coming to Namasté, however, she said she has not had any problems.

Sessions and the Villalobos couple believe in the work they do so much so that they work on each other and their families.

Sessions wants to emphasize, however, that Namasté is a proactive approach to healing. She said Namasté healing is working with clients as well as the clients working with their doctors.

Janice Grady has been coming to Namasté for seven years. Originally referred by another client, she was in the office for a massage recently.

"For anybody that has a stressful job," said Grady, "I highly recommend it."

She said some people are apprehensive about coming in for a massage. She said the professionalism of Namasté should assure people with those inhibitions.

In addition to the in-house services, Robert Villalobos, who worked previously as a trauma nurse technician, brings an ergonomic massage chair to local businesses.

Robert Villalobos said some people get massages paid for by their employers or get massages as gifts for employee recognitions such as Secretaries' Day. The reported results are good, he said.

According to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, "Studies by the Touch Research Institute show that the benefits of seated massage have quick results.

"Immediately after massage sessions, the subjects experienced a change in brain waves in the direction of heightened alertness and show better performance on math problems (completed in less time with fewer errors).

"At the end of the five-week study period, subjects reported reduced job stress and elevated moods."

Robert Villalobos said the typical cost for a 15-minute session would be $1 a minute. If a business chose to pay for an entire session for multiple employees, he said he might bring down the price to 75 cents per minute.

Sessions said she would like to see a healing center in the Valley that would include treatment and meditation rooms, an education center, saunas and a place for yoga.

She said she keeps her overhead low to serve the community.

"We have to keep our services economical," she said, adding the business is working on having insurances accept their therapies.

Namasté is conducting a health fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Imperial Valley Center of Religious Science, 607 Desert Gardens Drive in El Centro.

On-site professionals, massage demos, acupuncture and Chinese herbal information, dietary supplements, health and beauty products and food and drinks will be available.

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