By Donna Frake
Posted: July 29, 2014
A new center dedicated to offering a wide array of healing and wellness services has opened on the shores of Lac La Belle in the Center for Life Enrichment on the Shorehaven Campus.
"We are a group of holistic oriented professionals whose mission is to inspire, educate and empower our clients to embrace and follow the path to healing and wholeness," explained Kathy Ginn, the creative force behind 4 Rivers Center for Well Being.
"We work together as a team to create optimal well-being no matter where you are in your river of life. Our services are as diverse as the populations we serve. Our center is anchored with a holistic nurse practitioner, soon to be credentialed as a Naturopathic Physician. The core of our services include massage therapy, transformational bodywork, nutritional guidance, employee wellness, Esthetican services providing organic skin care, oncology massage, end of life care, grief education and mind/body support along with a variety of community education classes," she said.
Ginn, who was born and raised in Oconomowoc, returned to the area in 2013 after being away for more than 35 years.
"I began a small massage therapy practice inside the Center for Life Enrichment," she explained. Earlier this year, a medical clinic next to the cafe became available.
"I wanted to be close to an established community, and yet be a separate business. My parents, Leafy and Mabel Zastrow, lifetime residents of Oconomowoc, both died at Shorehaven in 2012. As the creative force behind 4 Rivers, I am dedicating the center in honor of them. This is really the deeper roots of this center and particular location," she said.
Ginn committed to the space in June.
"I began my search for like-minded practitioners who held similar values regarding health, healing and professional and personal integrity," Ginn said.
The center has the services of five massage therapists on staff.
"I also knew I wanted to have a Naturopathic Physician as part of our team, as an anchor so to speak. I met Sandi Oguzlu by accident. I shared my vision and she has now joined us. Sandi is a holistic nurse practitioner, soon to be credentialed as a Naturopathic Physician. I so wanted to create a collaborative, supportive, and fun environment among the practitioners. I believe we are finding that synergy," Ginn said.
The center's services are grounded in a "holistic and integrative approach to healing and well-being," she said.
"Our practitioners are all seasoned, with years of experience in their specific field. Our services 'touch' everybody — from birth to end of life. A few of the special populations we serve are massage therapy for those living with and recovering from cancer, end of life touch therapy, those experiencing grief and loss, nurturing and restful touch for the caregiver, active senior to the frail elder, and military veterans. We also offer rehabilitation and sports massage therapy. A large part of our motivation is to support the aging 'baby boomer' with a unique and innovative approach to aging and wellness," Ginn added.
Important to the center is its strong educational component.
"We offer a variety of classes in health and wellness, body/mind grief support, mindfulness and embodiment and Spiritual Retreats. This component continues to grow and expand," she said.
Feedback since the center opened earlier this month has been positive,
"Many people are enthusiastically advocating our services. They love the location along with the unique and broad variety of services we offer," Ginn said.
Take the opportunity to visit the center during a planned Meet and Greet from 2- 7 p.m. on Sept. 12.
For more information, visit the website at http://www.4riverscenter.com/