• These ‘docs’ recommend a dose of Noetic light to combat winter blues
By Naomi Klouda
A new shop in downtown Homer brings together a unique blend of professionals in one location for workshops and care that previously was spread out across town in individual home offices.
The Upper Room is in a cedar office located by Alaska Intuitive Arts and the Vagabond Cafe at 158 West Pioneer. The business sign is made of driftwood of a Quan Yin hand and lotus carved by local artist Bill Kitzmiller.
The Upper Room is described as an association of Noetic Light workers, a description that likely will require definition, but includes alternative practices that is somewhat familiar to people. These include Reiki, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, cranial release and light color therapy. Now, for example, when the days are down to five hours of light, the business offers solutions for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Owner Myriah Thomas describes the term Noetic as coming from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.”
“Our vision allows us to tap into body-mind-spirit potential and power by exploring phenomena that does not necessarily fit conventional health methods,” Thomas explains. “Currently, there are about a dozen practitioners working in our space who are supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness recognition and educational outreach.”
In opening the shop, the certified counselor, educator, aromatherapist and Reiki practitioner wanted to solve a problem.
“People from the community embrace alternative therapies, but often those providers are scattered across a wide area,” she said. “I’ve noticed that many good healers often work out of their homes, so clients are driving far and wide for appointments. And if there are multiple therapies, they go to a different home for each one. I wanted them all in one space, coordinated.”
Thomas drew from a diverse community of practitioners trained and certified in numerous healing modalities. These are names many will recognize. A schedule of courses and meeting times to access the experts is now published on Facebook at www.facebook.com/the.upper.r00m and posted around town.
The calendar of offerings is updated each week, but here is a sample of what’s ahead:
• Each Saturday at 3 p.m., the Upper Room invites newcomers and the experienced alike to attend a Unified Reiki Circle. Often, several of The Upper Room practitioners, facilitated by Thomas, will join in and offer their expertise as Reiki masters.
• On Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. AMTA nationally certified massage therapist Heather Rasch of Soldotna’s Mountain Magic Massage will conduct a class on reflexology.
• Sabrina Lea guides a class Mondays from 7 -8:30 p.m. dedicated to increasing awareness of “light tools,” such as crystals, aromatherapy, color, sound and song for increasing mind-body awareness.
Lea, who is an accomplished essential oil distiller as well, has practiced in Homer since 2003, and is certified in gemstone therapy, aromatherapy, color therapy and light body and magnified healing. Antonida Reutov offers an interesting perspective on intuitive guidance tools as well.
• Pamela Zsoter offers two classes a week, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to noon on Friday on the concept of using your body pendulum for guidance. Zsoter is also a certified energy dowser and a contact reflex analyst.
• Shawn Zuke and Paulette Adams work with art, music and runes to help bring healing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. There is a guided sound meditation each Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.
Anita Christie is doing ionic foot baths and massage daily. Christie is also offering custom totes for groceries incorporating Sacred Geometry and crystal design into her art to accommodate the need for environmentally conscious shopping.
For more information, call 299-2449.
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