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HEALTH

SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT

MARCH 16, 2018

After class or before, guests and clients are welcome to grab a hot tea and get comfortable to do some wellness reading, enjoy the featured artwork, or just relax.

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ellness. It’s a word we’ve been hearing a lot of lately in magazines, online articles, newspapers, TV shows, and even in our own conversations. So what is wellness to you? How do you define it? For Dawn Hyde and Jason Barnes, owners of the recently opened River Family Wellness on 21 Lower Main Street in Callicoon, a large part of

what wellness is, is community. Born and raised here in Sullivan County, Hyde and Barnes moved to NYC and eventually to Portland, Oregon, where they resided for years before making the move back here to the Catskills in the fall of last year, quickly getting to work on a dream they shared for years. “We’ve been manifesting and dreaming about this for a long time,” said Hyde. “We just always pictured

our idea for a wellness center being here, where we’re from. I feel called back to this land, always,” she smiled, “and the community is just so sweet and lovely. We felt it was important to bring this medicine back to it.” According to Barnes, their intention was to go off and learn, to gather as much information as they could, and then - not just move back to the area - but move back with

With a massage room downstairs as well as upstairs, Barnes has plenty of space to treat clients, and with a massage bed like this one, who wouldn't want their first or tenth massage? Barnes also sometimes performs cupping therapy as a part of massage. Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine that can help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, and relaxation.

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something to give and offer the community they so love. “I think in the back of our minds b we just always assumed we would end up back in this area,” Barnes said. “Our lifestyle has always been in touch with yoga and alternative j health, and I’ve been doing massage and studying acupuncture for years so we thought, why not offer that?” “My path was always going to be body work or health care. Originally

Health & Wellness Spring 2018  

Our latest health special publication features articles about a new wellness center in Callicoon, a new CT scanner at Catskill Regional Medi...

Health & Wellness Spring 2018  

Our latest health special publication features articles about a new wellness center in Callicoon, a new CT scanner at Catskill Regional Medi...

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