Weekly Feature



2005-11-30 / Business

Holistic health center focuses on balancing mind and body

by VICTORIA R. SPAGNOLI Associate Editor

Linda Taylor, owner of Natural Harmony Holistic Health Center on Sweet Home Road, stands in the front of her office near a fountain and holding a brass bowl she uses to begin sessions. Photo by Victoria R. Spagnoli Linda Taylor, owner of Natural Harmony Holistic Health Center on Sweet Home Road, stands in the front of her office near a fountain and holding a brass bowl she uses to begin sessions. Photo by Victoria R. Spagnoli Forever.

That is how long Linda Taylor has wanted to own a center where she practices Western medicine.

Natural Harmony Holistic Health Center is a place where people come to heal mind, body and spirit with herbs, essential oils, meditation and other techniques.

The facility is located at 1408 Sweet Home Road, suite 5, in Amherst. It opened in November.

Surrounded by soothing colors, sipping herbal green tea with soothing music playing in the background, Taylor is easy to talk to, and the enthusiasm she holds for her new business is evident.

“All of my life I have been taking supplements. I have been learning about this. I always knew there was more,” she said.

Taylor feels that she is filling a much needed niche in the Western New York area because there was never any place for her to go locally for these services.

She is a nurse practitioner and works in an emergency room at a local hospital as well as running her fledgling holistic health center.

As a nurse practitioner, she can diagnose, prescribe medicine and treat clients.

The facility features bio-identical hormone therapy, weight management, natural supplements, therapeutic essential oils (raindrop therapy), meditation, and reiki.

Raindrop therapy takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Taylor drops about seven different kinds of therapeutic essential oils on a client’s back, then applies hot compresses or hot pads.

The lights are dimmed and soft music is played while clients relax, letting the oils seep into their bodies, leaving them refreshed, relaxed and feeling better, Taylor said.

Reiki is the channeling of healing energy toward a person, whether they are healthy or ill. It takes about an hour.

People may also visit Taylor for help with a physical problem, such as tiredness, fibromalasia, or migraines.

She’ll help treat the problem, but will also assist a client in finding the cause, such as stress or depression.

Taylor will help combat the cause by using hormone balancing, detoxification and nutritional counseling, among other methods.

Western medicine goes to the root of the problem, she said.

Her facility is not covered by insurance and she recommends her clients keep their primary physician updated on what they do at Natural Harmony.

“I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. I want to make it more of a team approach to help these people,” she said.

Taylor sends out paperwork, including a toxicity questionnaire and a symptom survey, to clients about a week prior to their initial consultation.

“When you analyze the questionnaire and see where these people are, it’s amazing. Almost everyone needs to detoxify, she said.

Taylor expects to start offering meditation classes in January.

She sees clients by appointment only. The facility is open Monday, Thursday and Friday.

To schedule an appointment or obtain more information, call Taylor at 445-2414.

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