Originally Published: August 18, 2007 8:48 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Sandra Hurlbut is trying to find some professional inner peace for non-traditional and alternative healing practitioners.
Since she moved to the area from Massachusetts, Hurlbut is finding out that those local business owners are rather fragmented.
She was a member of the Arlington Helping Professionals Alliance in Massachusetts that offers resources and support services to similar business owners and that community.
"It worked really, really well," she said.
Now Hurlbut wants to bring that idea to Prescott.
She opened her holistic healing office in May 2006 and she's looking to connect similar businesses together.
"We all knew (of) each other but we didn't know each other," she said. "It just got to a point that we should all get together and meet each other. And that's really what prompted all of it."
Ann M. Martin, owner of the Life Enrichment Center in Prescott, said she hopes the formation of the group will help connect her with other healers.
"It's like we are all here, but people are having difficulty finding us," she said.
Hurlbut and a few others recently started Prescott Healing Arts Association.
The group's goal is to offer support, networking and educational opportunities to massage therapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, art therapists, other non-traditional healing professionals and the public.
"It's about building a community within the practitioner group," she said. "It's providing that quick and easy resource for people."
More than 50 people attended the group's inaugural meeting in mid-July and Hurlbut said interest continues to grow and they now have nearly 70 members.
The group promotes sharing of healing techniques and fosters a community awareness of alternative and natural healing methods.
Hurlbut said group members hope to achieve this goal through classes and presentations in the community and to donate some of their time at local events to promote their businesses.
For more information, call 776-9596.