Sandi Evans who owns Your True Essence gives a “vibrational cradle” treatment to her husband Dwayne during the Lloydminster Alternative Health and Healing Expo at the Wildrose Pavilion on Saturday. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
There were plenty of holistic therapeutic products, services and clients at the inaugural Lloydminster Alternative Health & Healing Expo.
One of the practitioners of alternative therapies was event organizer Jolien Engebretsen with her Healing Hands and Intuitive Reading booth at the Wildrose Pavilion on Saturday.
Engebretsen describes herself as reiki master/teacher and soul alignment practitioner who wanted to expose residents to the growing alternative health sector in Lloydminster.
“I just felt everybody needs to know what we have to offer in the area for their pain, their mental health,” she said.
“Other people are looking for that alternative route to take.”
She explained reiki is all about clearing energy.
“Everybody has energy, so you’ve got those energy blocks in your body that can create pain and emotional imbalances that depression and anxiety come from,” she said.
Engebretsen also provides intuitive card readings and saw planning the expo as a way she and other practitioners could promote their products and services under one roof.
“This is also a way to network and get myself out there as well as others so they know we are in Lloydminster and we’re here to help them here,” she said.
The expo was a fundraiser for the Lloydminster region of the Parkinson Association Alberta with April being Parkinson awareness month.
The door prize and the 50/50 fund went toward the local chapter.
Engebretsen plans to hold another expo next year to benefit a different association or non profit.
“I want to do a different one every single year,” she said.
That was wonderful news to Sharon Reid, owner of Quantum Health & Balance, who was excited to be a part of the first expo for a good cause.
“It’s going to be a very fun day, I just can tell already,” she said as it got underway.
Reid sells crystals and jewellery and offers reiki treatments and works with what she called sacred geometry.
“I use crystals and sacred geometric shapes to amplify energy for healing,” she explained.
She said people turn to alternative healing because “we need something and modern medicine doesn’t always fix us—there’a a lot of people who are into it.”
Reid’s goal at the expo was to meet more people, see more things, learn more things, and teach more things.
Andrea Scobey runs a home-based business called Holistic Hippie and has her own take on why alternative health and healing therapies are gaining popularity.
“I think people are becoming disillusioned with modern medicine and are finding going back to the old ways is working better,” said Scobey.
She sells all natural bath and body products and came to the expo hoping to help people make small changes and get people away from chemically-based products.
“It’s good for people with allergies, sensitive skin eczema, psoriasis—they are good for all ages and my bug repellant is even good for your pets,” said Scobey.
The expo was also a good opportunity for Jason Semaganis to promote his Elf Angels Creations with his business partner Brian Keichinger.
“We’re native American spiritual services so we specialize in healing and psychic readings,” said Semaganis, who is a member of Little Pine First Nation.
Elf Angels also sells native North American arts and crafts and is in their third year of business.
“It’s been super busy; we’re doing all the trade shows back to back this year,” said Semaganis.
Their goal at the Lloydminster expo he said was to accomplish spiritual awareness.
Elf Angels will be holding their first spiritual retreat in North Battleford on June 16 followed by a four-day retreat at Little Pine August 24-27.
Jill Falk, who runs Jillian Dawson Designs, makes handcrafted bracelets for men, women and children and necklaces that relate to alternative therapy.
“I use real crystals and when used with intent they can provide healing to my customers,” she said.
She too thinks alternative therapies like hers are gaining traction in the area and beyond.
“It’s always been around and it’s just making a comeback; people are getting in touch with this spiritual side,” said Dawson.
“The more people that get into it the less alternative it gets.”