(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 13, 2017)
Ferndale, MI – “I love having a space to do what I love to do. It doesn’t seem like work, ever,” said Heather Cutlip of Little Lotus Salon in Downtown Ferndale. “I love that it’s a space where people can get the tools and resources to grow and connect.”
Little Lotus was one of over two dozen businesses represented at the Healthy Happy Ferndale Expo on March 10. The expo celebrated the businesses that serve the minds, bodies and spirits of Downtown Ferndale customers.
Little Lotus offers massage, yoga and meditation. “I take a holistic approach to people,” Cutlip said. “When you come to this space, you get to take off your hats and your labels. When you get on your mat, sit down to meditate, or lay on the massage table, you let all that energy go and find what you need to physically, mentally and spiritually connect.”
Sitting cross-legged on the stage of the Rust Belt Market, she gave a talk about the Solar Plexus, the place in the chakra that houses the energy of the ego, the will, the self-esteem and the gut. She showed how basic hand poses can help a person reconnect with the kind of energy they wish to strengthen in their lives, or in the moment they may need it.
Others did demonstrations that were more physical. TV Fit Founder Earl Carruthers talked about the benefits of having a fitness buddy. “It gives you accountability,” he said “You can go a long way with a friend helping you be motivated.”
He led a demonstration of basic workout moves that can be done with pairs of people, including a squat, followed by a double-high five jump.
For Body Morph founder Rossno Rea the lesson of the day was about building confidence, especially in kids, through posture.
“A lot of people get bullied now a days,” Rea said. “With social media, kids go to school and they come home and they carry that stuff with them. They wake up with that. It’s a crucial age that kids be confident, stand strong and not be swayed by their peers.”
He explained that confidence is not just mental, but physical. He said as teens grow they may slouch or try to appear smaller because they don’t want to stand out. But that teaching kids posture along with other strength-training exercises designed for their growing bodies, they can walk proud through school.
For even younger people, Modern Natural Baby is a resource for earth-friendly, healthy products. There are toys, bottles, dishes and diapers that are free from potentially toxic plastics. One product that owners Emily and John Murray were featuring at the expo was all natural laundry detergent. The super-concentrated soap has 512 loads in one bottle and does not add harmful chemicals to the clothes or to the water supply.
Check out the following “healthy happy” businesses in Ferndale: