FLINT TWP. — Clients walking through the door of A New You Holistic Wellness Center, 1346 W. Bristol Rd., are welcomed by the uplifting scent of Joy essential oil, relaxing music and a colorful array of merchandise intended to augment the good vibes of the healing environment.
“You know you have stepped into a place where it is all about you,” said Kim Dotson of Grand Blanc, co-owner of the health and wellness center with her best friend Dawn Angle of Davison.
A New You offers a full roster of alternative healing services such as life coaching, Reiki, crystal energy healing, sound healing, color therapy, body wraps, chakra alignment, hypnosis and much more.
Dotson stresses that it is not a psychic or metaphysical shop. Emphasis is on healing through combined mental, physical, emotional and spiritual therapy.
Sound therapy, for example, is done with tuning forks like those used for musical instruments.
“Music has been used to heal for a long time,” Dotson said, explaining that the energy frequency of the human body is 62 to 68 Hertz (Hz) while musical notes range up to 700 HZ.
“So imagine how it brings you up,” she said. “What it actually does is tune you like an instrument. You get out of tune and music and tuning forks get you back up to where you need to be.”
Junk food and stress are among factors that throw the body out of whack and cause illness, she said. Grief over the death of her mother, brother and sister-in-law within an eight-month period prompted Dotson to channel her longtime interests into a healing business. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida but is certified in several alternative therapies.
Angle who has a master’s in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University, also experienced a life-changing trauma around the same time.
Dotson formerly worked at a holistic center in Flushing and Angle’s day job is as a therapist for the Hope Network. Both have vended at many local wellness fairs and have a combined 25 years of experience in alternative healing therapies, Dotson said. Five other therapy specialists also work with them in the shop. The 1,300 square-foot space is divided into several treatment rooms, a classroom and a foyer with a gift shop.
Dotson said they chose their location because it is not served by similar shops. People interested in better health and a better life are welcome on a walk-in or appointment basis.
“We know the holistic movement is not mainstream with everyone, but is becoming more mainstream. Thank God for Dr. Oz,” Dotson said, adding that their intent is to complement and not replace treatment from a regular physician.
Their long range vision is to build a larger center that encompasses physical activity such as yoga and Zumba classes, outdoor gardens, retreats and a prayer center.
They also are planning a grand opening event for the shop on Aug. 3.