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February 28, 2014

Holistic fair to achieve healthy show

CHICKASHA —

Walking around a butterfly-shaped labyrinth and making beaded animals just might be good for your health. 

The Chickasha Holistic Health Fair is due for its 9th annual checkup at the Grady County Fairgrounds 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday March 8 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 9.

The event is free and includes holistic health practitioners, products, services, counseling, educational information, alternative/complementary therapies, mind, body, spirit modalities, eight lectures and three interactive workshops.

"The purpose of Oklahoma Holistic Health Fairs is to bring together several facets of alternative/holistic healing and educate the public about the various types of complementary therapies and mind-body-spirit modalities," Peck said. 

The health fair will also feature a Butterfly Peace Path Labyrinth, which will be available all weekend. 

The activity is creative and right brain oriented, Gail Peck, of 7 Hawks Publishing and author of "Oklahoma Labyrinths–A Path to Inner Peace." There are 77 labyrinths in Oklahoma, Peck said. They have been used for grief therapy in hospices as well as been shown to lower blood pressure. 

In a study with 125 people, 123 saw a lowering in blood pressure, Peck said. Of the remaining two subjects, one had normal blood pressure and the other had low blood pressure, which was actually raised, Peck said. 

Labyrinths can also be used for meditation. One can ask a question before entering the labyrinth and sometimes the answer will come to the navigator by the end of the labyrinth, Peck said. 

The theme for the 2014 Holistic Health Fair is "Anything is Possible." 

"We selected this as our event theme to remind people life can be anything they want it to be," Johnnie Moyer, of Star Touch Massage, said. 

Lectures held on both days will reflect this positive philosophy. The following information, provided by Peck, gives details on each lecture and event: 

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