News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, November 1, 2012
Complementary health practitioners get spotlight at recent chamber function

Armaid’s Terry Cross

Armaid’s Terry Cross, right, enlists Bill Grindle to demonstrate his massaging device, which helps with repetitive motion injury.

by Faith DeAmbrose

For the last few years, the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has held a series of “Business After Hours” where members of the public are invited to get a sneak peek at a specific business after hours. They can tour the grounds, learn about the business and often do both while indulging in food and drink.

Adding a twist to the regular after hours format, the BHPCC held an atypical event at Blue Hill’s Peninsula Metamorphic Arts and Learning Center on the Mines Road on Friday, October 26, where a number of complementary health practitioners converged to share information about their businesses, many of which do not have traditional storefronts. The event was partially sponsored by Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.

From Reiki to massage, from chiropractic care to yoga, a dozen or so local chamber-member practitioners were on hand to answer questions and speak to community members about their particular skill or modality.

“It is easy to organize a business after hours for some businesses, but for you, you also have messages about your businesses that you would like to get out to the community,” said Chamber executive director Kurt Stoll of the practitioners who had arranged for a booth at the venue. Stoll said that to date “the chamber has never done anything like this.”

Conveying a message that aims to get people to eat, move and think well, Blue Hill chiropractor Sarah De Preter of Wellness Chiropractic was on hand to explain the benefits of chiropractic medicine.

Dain Frank of Penobscot’s A Quiet Moment Day Spa gave attendees a 10 minute complimentary massage.

Sedgwick health coach Giselle Bridges of Simply Eat Well said she works to align clients with the creation of goals that lead to better health and healthy outcomes.

Terry Cross of The Armaid Company gave demonstrations of his patented self-administered massage device that helps those who suffer from repetitive motion injuries.

Also in attendance was Bella Skin & Body Boutique, Art of Living Well, Healthy Acadia, Many Paths to Healing, Weaving a Life and local distributors of Isotonix® “nutraceuticals.”

For more information about the complementary health providers associated with the chamber visit