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Mind Body and Beyond Moves into New Location across from Mayo Clinic

Mind Body and Beyond Center, an integrative, holistic wellness center, proudly announces the completion of its new center and open house weekend events. Special grand opening events will take place on February 21 and 22.

         The new center is located in Pablo Professional Park at 14215 Spartina Court, Suite 300, off of William Davis Parkway and across from Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. The 2,500-square-foot center is more than twice the size of its former Jacksonville location. The center offers an array of mental health and holistic wellness services, including mental health counseling, career counseling, acupuncture, reiki, massage, yoga, spiritual healing, spiritual counseling and more.

         From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on February 21, Delphi University spiritual teacher and intuitive Steve Smith will lead a Group Trance Channel session. Attendees can ask questions and learn about life after death from Arthur Ford, a spirit/teacher residing in the astral plane. Reservations are recommended.

               From 3 to 9 p.m. on February 22, Mind Body and Beyond celebrates its grand opening with an open house. During the event, guests are invited to tour the state-of-the-art facility that includes the new Yoga Center, acupuncture room and meditation garden. Guests can also participate in many of the center’s classes and services, including complimentary yoga classes, group readings, acupuncture for individuals and groups, demonstrations and opportunities for consultations with the center’s team of practitioners.

         The new center features a thoughtfully designed space focused on natural light, lush landscaping and luxurious surroundings to create a calm and relaxing environment for those seeking mental, physical or spiritual healing. “Our long-time vision has been to create a holistic wellness culture, offering a nurturing environment along with the programs and services to rejuvenate and maintain a healthy and mindful lifestyle,” says Mind Body and Beyond founder and president Melissa Fenton, Ph.D., LMHC. “We have designed the center focused on achieving one’s optimal wellness, and we have assembled the top practitioners to offer holistic healing, yoga, mindful meditations and more that support the health, fitness and self-care needs of the greater Jacksonville community.”

         A licensed psychotherapist, Fenton offers individual and family therapy to adults. She develops client-centered treatment plans, using a variety of therapeutic techniques and healing modalities. Fenton practices a balanced lifestyle, being happily married for 30 years, and is a proud mother of three children. She enjoys her own wellness lifestyle incorporating running a holistic practice, meditation, kriya yoga, exercise, prayer, healthy eating and a love of animals.

         The center showcases soothing contemporary design elements. With more than 700 sparkling crystals, the Yoga Center’s beautiful “Tree of Life” chandelier exemplifies the way Mind, Body and Beyond fosters individual healing and growth. It took the artist more than a year to create the chandelier, and its installation in the yoga studio took over a week, but the end result is radiant.

         “Our Yoga Center is an integral component of the comprehensive healing environment that we offer at Mind Body and Beyond,” Fenton says. “It has been architecturally and energetically designed as a sanctuary and a place of healing and peace.”

         The Yoga Center offers a wide range of classes, including breathwork, meditation, tai chi and yoga for students of all levels. Yoga classes include Yoga 101, power vinyasa yoga, restorative yin yoga, yin yoga, yin plus yoga nidra, chair yoga, pranayama yoga, mind body hatha yoga, vin n’ yin yoga and more. All students, ranging from beginners to advanced, are welcome to practice and expand their knowledge of yoga as an instrumental of wellness that nourishes the mind, body and soul. The diverse schedule includes morning, noon, afternoon and night classes, offered six days per week. Students can either drop in or sign up for a variety of packages, and private lessons are available.

         Michael Hibberts, RYT 500, is the Yoga Center director. A licensed acupuncture physician, he discovered yoga in 2005 and has practiced numerous styles of yoga with a diverse variety of teachers. He appreciates what yoga can do for the mind, body and spirit and recognizes the transformational possibilities that come with a regular yoga practice.

         Hibberts earned his 200- and 300-hour teacher training certifications from Yoga Alliance and has instructed thousands of yoga students. He is skilled in the different styles of yoga that incorporate meditative breath work and body alignment. Hibberts hopes the studio’s peaceful healing environment and variety of classes will encourage people to visit.

         Mind Body and Beyond’s comprehensive mental health and wellness services are designed to help individuals create and facilitate positive changes in life and career. Mental health counseling offerings include EMDR/EFT, mindfulness, loss/trauma therapy, women’s health and cancer support, and healthy sexuality treatment. Career coaching services include life coaching and leadership coaching.

         The center offers spiritual healing including RoHun therapy, past life regression and reflective etheric healing. Spiritual counseling services include color/chakra readings and intuitive life path readings. Tibetan bowl sound therapy, a gentle and non-invasive healing modality incorporating sound through Tibetan bowls, gongs, drums and individual voices, is also available.

         Looking to the future, Mind Body and Beyond intends to offer monthly community healing sessions. These sessions will allow participants to experience reiki, acupuncture, sound therapy and more, performed by Mind Body and Beyond practitioners.

         The center also plans to offer a monthly blessing of the animals, a service in which people are invited to bring their animal companions. The gathering will be designed to give thanks to the animals that enrich our lives and share positive healing energy and gratitude for these companions. Mind Body and Beyond will also offer acupuncture for the center’s clients and their animals on a quarterly basis.

 Cost: Group Trance Channel, $25. Open house, free. To make reservation for the Group Trance Channel, call the center at 904-992-9930. For more information or class registration, call the center, email [email protected] or visit See ad, page 21.