By Jennifer Kotila
COKATO, MN The Natural Nook, located on Broadway Avenue in Cokato, just behind Casey’s, has been open since August of 2009.
“Our goal is to teach people about natural health and enable them to take their health into their own hands we’re coaches for them,” owner Michelle Bekkala of Cokato said.
The Natural Nook is a boutique which sells essential oils and offers massage and the raindrop technique, a technique that releases stress from the spine. It also offers classes Tuesday nights to teach what essential oils can be used for.
“When a person uses essential oils, they tend to get sick less often. Essential oils help to kill germs, build immunity, bring oxygen to your cells, and balance the body. It creates a more alkaline state of your body, disease cannot grow in that environment,” Bekkala said.
There are four women, including Bekkala, who work at The Natural Nook. Bekkala manages, teaches classes, and practices the raindrop techniques.
Twila Hendrickson of Kingston is the manager and also teaches classes.
Sharon Niskanen of Dassel practices the raindrop technique, and other types of massage including the craniosacral technique and myofascial release.
Nora Dorsey of Cokato, the newest member of the team, is a certified massage therapist who combines effleurage, or working with long strokes, and petrissage, which is deep and compresses underlying muscles.
She also practices reflexology, the act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.
The Natural Nook offers classes on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. which are open to the public. The first Tuesday of each month, there is a free introduction to essential oils. Other classes are $15, unless stated otherwise.
Groups of six or more can also schedule a private class.
The boutique specializes in Young Living essential oil products. “It’s the best product out there, a world leader in essential oils and getting the best quality from seed to seal,” said Bekkala.
“With Young Living, you are getting a pure product with no thinners or synthetic fillers,” Hendrickson said.
Another feature of the boutique is practicing the raindrop technique, which is based on the fact that there are a lot of things lying dormant in the spine that essential oils help release, Hendrickson said.
Using the technique, essential oils are applied to the back and feet using therapeutic grade essential oils which stimulate the lymph system to release toxins and boost immunity, Bekkala explained.
“When people ask about the expense of essential oils, I tell them it is a priority they have to decide. Avoiding going to the doctor one time paid for six months of essential oils for me,” Bekkala said.
Bekkala makes sure people understand that the information and products she supplies are intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injury. Anyone suffering from serious disease, illness, or injury should consult with a physician.
The Natural Nook is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gift certificates are available for raindrop, massage, and boutique items.
For more information or to reserve a spot in one of the classes, contact The Natural Nook via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (320)559-0066.