Big turnout for the Holistic Wellness Fair in Aiken
Hundreds braved the weather Saturday to attend the Holistic Wellness Fair at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center in Aiken.
The fair had over 80 registered vendors showcasing products including energy medicine/Reiki practitioners, chiropractors and nutritional consultants.
Attendees had the chance to buy pendulums, essential oils, hand-crafted jewelry, dream catchers, crystals and gemstones. They could also receive chair massages and oracle readings.
Melissa Kitchings, a Reiki master and teacher with Houndslake Wellness Associates, and Tiffany Lee, owner of The Craft, are two of the four organizers who came up with the idea for the wellness fair.
A Reiki is an individual who uses a “healing technique” based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Kitchings and Lee said they met by chance and realized they work in similar fields.
“There was so much of this kind of holistic thing here in Aiken that we felt everyone needed to know about,” said Lee.
“We started this because a lot of people did not know we were here,” Kitchings said. “So, we decided to put this fair together and invite everyone from the area who does this to take part in it.”
This year marks the second Holistic Wellness Fair in Aiken, after the first one went so well, Kitchings said.
“We had a huge turnout last year and it was even bigger this year,” she said.
Louise Craver, of Charleston, said she evacuated due to Hurricane Florence and came to Aiken to stay with friends.
“My friends told me about this fair and I decided it would be fun to come check it out,” Craver said. “I couldn’t believe how big the fair was. There are so many people here to talk to and things to learn about. I couldn’t have found anything better to do.”
For more information from Kitchings visit houndslakewellness.com/miind-body-spirit. Lee can be found at The Craft, a hair studio and metaphysical shop, at 154 Laurens St. in downtown Aiken.