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A holistic approach to feeling better

She set her sights on the stone church that would eventually frame Giacona's visionary Center, though she faced uncertainty from others. Friends were supportive, but reminded her that it would take a great deal of time and money to transform the church into the wellness spa of her dreams. It just feels like the right thing to do, she recalls saying in defense of her selection. It feels like the space.

Giacona launched her new project slowly and patiently. Her first project was to transform a cluttered storage space into her personal office, a spacious but cozy room characterized by dark mahogany wood walls, stained glass windows and Asian accents. Even now, close to a year and a half after the purchase of the property finalized, Giacona admits that the process of transforming the space into the complete health resort she envisions is continuously evolving.

Though clients have been accepted on a limited basis since the first renovations began and the first practitioners were available, The Center held its official Grand Opening open house on Sunday Oct. 26. Staff members were available to explain their healing, relaxation and therapeutic practices to the public while staging presentations and consultations.

Spring Sanders, a massage therapist licensed in New York state, has worked at The Center for close to a year. She studied massage therapy at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca. According to Sanders, she was attracted to massage therapy based on her desire to help clients feel more comfortable while relieving stress.

Sanders was thrilled, she explains, to find that she could make a living doing something that she also turned out to be quite good at. Though she primarily works on a variety of massage techniques including hot stone and neuromuscular deep tissue massage, Sanders is also qualified in other integrative health therapies, demonstrating the inclusive quality of service at The Center. Many of The Center's practitioners hold multiple certifications and are versatile in the methods and services that they practice.

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