By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN The Natural Nook Healing and Education Center in Cokato has moved to a cozy new location in downtown Dassel, providing its customers with a larger space and better parking, according to owner Michelle Bekkala.
In addition, Bekkala has joined forces with Dawn Gillman as they offer natural healing options through essential oils.
The Natural Nook first opened in Cokato in September 2009, to help people with natural health options and education, Bekkala explained.
The natural healing center focuses on the raindrop technique, which is the application of essential oils to the body, particularly on the feet and spine, in an effort to achieve balance and detoxify the body. It was originally designed to help people with scoliosis and the realignment of the spine, Bekkala explained.
Essential oils also help to relieve stress and pain associated with autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Bekkala first became interested in essential oils after attending a class her friend, Linda Kilpela, was teaching regarding the healing properties and therapeutic applications of essential oils.
She began using oils for personal use, as well as for various ailments among family members.
For her, the oils help control her stress and anxiety, but she has also used them for fevers and colds.
Impressed with the healing powers of essential oils, Bekkala eventually was trained through the Center for Aromatherapy and Research, “a non-profit, non-secular organization dedicated to assembling research and disseminating information on the healing properties and therapeutic applications of essential oils,” according to its website.
Gillman started using essential oils after breaking her leg in a car accident and having to have surgery.
She used essential oils on her leg and her orthopedic surgeon was “blown away” with her recovery time and healing. Essential oils have also helped her with symptoms associated with Lyme Disease, and has helped her son’s asthma and allergies.
“It’s the wave of the future, even though it’s been around for thousands of years,” Bekkala said of the use of essential oils for effective healing of a number of ailments. “This is how we can achieve true health,” she added.
Bekkala said it’s important that people understand the techniques, information, and products 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.
What prompted the move from Cokato to Dassel was that Bekkala’s in-laws, Andrew and Joanne Bekkala purchased the property on Atlantic Avenue, formerly Robert Wilde Studios.
The entrance to the Natural Nook is located on the side of the building at 407 Third Street.
The new location provides space for two rooms with massage tables for the raindrop technique, along with a boutique, where oils and other cash-and-carry products and nutritional supplements are available. The Natural Nook is also looking to offer detoxifying foot baths in the future.
Bekkala and Gillman also want to provide more than healing sessions, but rather, resources to teach, educate, and consult others regarding the healing properties offered through essential oils.
“We want to empower people to take care of themselves and their family,” Gillman said.
The Natural Nook will be open to walk-ins Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment. For Dawn call (612)229-4390, and for Michelle call (309) 838-2284.