Health and Wellness talks at Picton Branch this month

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

No matter what stage of life we’re at or what our interests, health is wealth, and looking after our wellness is essential.

Most of us struggle to balance work, family, and hobbies, and sometimes our health can be neglected, especially in the summer months. As we settle back into post-vacation routines and get our fall programming underway, we thought we’d take some time to address a few key areas that speak to our overall wellness. To that end, we’re bringing some of the County’s finest wellness practitioners and educators in to the Library for a five week series, called the Wellness Tune Up.

Over the next four weeks come in to the Picton Branch for information and practical advice for how to improve different aspects of your health ranging from the medical to the spiritual. It might lead to greater peace of mind, a deeper understanding of your body, or a new routine to improve your quality of life.

On Oct. 15th from 4-5:30 p.m, Dr. Anne Uings from Bay of Quinte Lyme Support will share what you need to know to protect yourself and your family from Lyme disease. Bring your questions (and notepad if you’d like) to get all the info!

In this age of phone and computer use, not to mention stressful lives, neck pain is one of the most common ailments people complain of. On Oct. 24th at noon, Mariko Reilly of Kenko Osteopathy will be explaining the Osteopathic approach to treating neck pain. If you’re not familiar with Osteopathy, it is a non-invasive manual therapy which can treat everything from chronic pain to sleep cycles and circulatory problems. Mariko will be doing some short demo treatments too so if you’re plagued by neck pain be sure to come out!

Yoga teacher Aleksa Kaye is returning on Oct. 31st from 12-1 p.m. to lead a beginner-level yoga class. Do you have aches, pains, or feel your health is less than optimal? Or are you in great health and just want to maintain it? Yoga is an incredible way to maintain and build the health of mind and body, and this class, which she calls Yoga For Success, is a great introduction.

Join Suzanne O’Connor from A Healing Table for an info session on Reflexology, on Nov. 7th from 1-2 p.m. Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques to create an effect in a corresponding area of the body. Find out where the practice comes from, and how and why it works so well! Suzanne is a wealth of information, and will soon be qualified to train others in this healing practice.

Finally, if you have questions about the health of your brain as you age, join us on Nov. 12th at noon, as Lorraine Ross of the Alzheimer’s Society explains the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, among other topics. Lorraine prefers an informal approach to leave plenty of time for your questions.

Learning about our minds and bodies is one of the most important investments we can make, and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn about some of these topics this fall.

-Halliday Reynolds