Alternative health fair in Albany Saturday

2012-09-19T06:45:00Z Alternative health fair in Albany SaturdayBy Steve Lathrop, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
September 19, 2012 6:45 am  • 

This Saturday, Sept. 22, will be one of the most meaningful days of Vickie Pruitt’s life.

On that day, Pruitt, owner of RaSani, where she practices massage therapy, will host the first RaSani Body Mind Spirit Fair. Some 30 vendors from throughout the mid-valley will be on hand to provide information on alternative healthcare and therapies.

“It all relates to the body, mind and spirit,” says the former West Albany and Oregon State University graduate. “It’s basically everything you need to fill your heart and feed your soul.”

The fair, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will be held at the Fairmount Grange, 835 North Albany Road N.W.

A variety of holistic type approaches to health will be demonstrated and displayed. Just some of the unique techniques covered will be acupuncture, natural medicine, wellness, massage, aromatherapy, aura photography and henna tattoos.

“I’ve had a great opportunity to work with some fantastic alternative healthcare practitioners in our local area,” said Pruitt, 43. “People like Mandi Schwendiman, who is an Albany acupuncturist, have changed my health goals to maintain wellness. I found I want to share my experiences and what I’ve learned  and inspire people in the same way.”

Pruitt said the fair will also be a fundraiser for Linn Benton Food Share. A Heal the Earth Campaign Raffle for prizes will donate all proceeds to support the food bank which feeds local families.

The idea for the fair began to come together in April. Pruitt said she could have taken more time but wanted to get it started this year.

“My mission for the fair is to come together as a community to inspire people to love who they are. I didn’t want to wait,” Pruitt said.

Fair sponsors Yogi Organic Tea and Oregon Cracker Co. will have tea and gluten-free cracker samples for those attending. A Papaya Trunk Show will feature art and gifts by Oregon artist Anahata Katkin.

“The idea for the fair has been in my mind for years and I’m so looking forward to it,” Pruitt said. “It is important to give back to the local community. It fills my dream of helping people and making a difference.”

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