Jun 152010
 
Authors: Nick Childs

For the couple who opened the Inner Light Wellness Center in Loveland, it’s not about “becoming millionaires,” it’s about helping lower-income residents and veterans receive the care they need.

Angela and Dan Grisham, who are from Loveland, said their 3-month-old clinic offers a more holistic, affordable treatment plan for northern Colorado residents and a pro-bono option for U.S. military veterans.

“It’s great to give them an opportunity to open up another world to get them closer to where they were before they served and share with these guys that I felt the same things,” said Dan, who served 10 years in the Army.

The clinic currently serves approximately 30 members and a hand full of veterans who frequent the wellness center, which is located in Loveland.

Treatments include traditional massages to lesser-known treatments like Reiki, an ancient Japanese practice where a practitioner instills good energy in the client’s body to allow it to heal itself. Angela serves as an in-house Reiki master.

Memberships range from $50 to $200 a month to fit the various needs of the individual members.

“Making enough money to pay the bills and keep the center open is all I care about,” Dan said.

While the clinic has yet to attract student-members, Dan said he and his wife strongly believe that students would greatly benefit from the services that they offer. The clinic had a booth and provided free services at CSU’s Mind and Body Fair in February.

“Going to school isn’t the least stressful thing in the world, and unfortunately, the release for most college kids is alcohol and drugs,” he said.

The treatment, Angela said, aims to combat mental and emotional stress as well as physical ailments that people suffer from, which she said is the biggest benefit CSU students can take away.

“College students have an open mind to doing new things and trying new ways to help their body,” sad Stacee Thomas, one of the contracted practitioners at Inner Light Wellness Center. Students, she added, are always looking for more cost-effective ways to stay healthy.

Their treatments, Angela said, take a preventative approach.

Clients learn to listen to their bodies and notice stress levels in order to release pressure in a healthy way, she said. This contrasts the reactive nature of Western medicine, which she learned as a medical assistant and nursing student.
“I feel lighter in my body and spirit (after Reiki treatments),” said Julie Meade, a current member of the wellness center.

Despite the new-age approach to health and wellness, Inner Light has faced monetary obstacles while trying to expand business.

Because the clinic provides both low-cost and free services, the Grishams aren’t able to invest in marketing for their business.

Lack of funding forces them to rely on word-of-mouth to grow their practice, Angela said
“One struggle is that not many people are very educated about what we do,” she said.
This Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., the clinic will offer free 15 to 20-minute sessions to increase awareness.

Staff Writer Nick Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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