Here's to Your Health in West Central Wisconsin

The West Central Wisconsin region offers a wealth of wellness options.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 13:59
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Among the quality of life advantages in West Central Wisconsin is a fully integrated health care network that ensures residents don’t have to travel too far for access to high-quality health and wellness options.

The region features a full range of specialty medical practitioners such as OakLeaf Medical Network as well as Prevea Health, which provides primary and specialty health care in more than 80 clinic locations.

In addition, hospitals across the region are engaged in programs that promote wellness for mind and body. They include Amery Hospital & Clinic, Hudson Hospital, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Croix Regional Medical Center and Western Wisconsin Health, plus multiple hospitals under the Mayo Clinic Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System.

Bright Idea

West Central Wisconsin offers a number of whole-body wellness options. At St. Croix Healing Arts Center, therapeutic services include reiki, an Eastern energy healing technique, as well as massage and a variety of workshops and classes. At Lift Bridge Yoga Co. in New Richmond, classes are customized for all ages, body types and experience levels.

ReforMedicine has locations in Eau Claire and Menomonie, with a number of services such as medical weight loss and wellness care for patients of all ages. And in Altoona, Rays of Sol offers infrared LED sauna treatments for natural healing.

“I was once in a car accident and had multiple aches and pains, andI had read about the wellness benefits of infrared saunas,” says Marilyn Nicanor, owner of Rays of Sol. “I traveled to Madison to try one and had much more energy after I used it. I also felt great the next day.”

Nicanor says she wanted to bring the wellness benefits of infrared sauna to West Central Wisconsin, so she opened her Rays of Sol business in October 2019.

Nicanor says that the sauna sessions can benefit people of all ages.

“I also offer a chromotherapy session that uses light and different colors to help heal specific physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Customers can also try an acoustic resonance therapy that features a process called So Sound for an even deeper relaxation experience.”

It’s in Their Nature

The region also promotes healthy eating through a number of farmers markets that feature products from local producers as well as farms that use natural farming practices and sell to the public. Such sites include Blueberry Hills Farm in Dunn County as well as Mac’s Berry Farm in Chippewa County, which both minimize chemical and pesticide use.

Other farms using natural growing practices include Nesbitt’s Nursery & Orchard in Pierce County, Rising Sun Farm & Orchard in Pierce County and Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School Retreat in Polk County. White Pine Berry Farm in St. Croix County is certified organic, while Leffel Roots Apple Orchard in Eau Claire County and Cedar Hill Farm & Greenhouse in Pierce County both integrate pest management practices.

If you'd like to learn more about West Central Wisconsin, check out the latest edition of West Central Wisconsin Economic Development

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.