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Well Ray Returns June 29!

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By Maureen Schweers

Alexandria, VA – Alexandria’s largest health and wellness festival, Well Ray. takes place on Saturday, June 29 from 10 am to 2 pm. The event — featuring free fitness and dance classes for all ages, wellness demonstrations, skateboarding demos, Mascot Fitness Challenge, food vendors, and more — is free and open to all.

The 8th annual festival features free classes at the Wellness District parking lot, located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon & Bellefonte Avenues, plus 40+ health and wellness vendors at the adjacent Salvation Army parking lot.

Learn more about some of the innovative wellness practices that will be showcased at Well Ray:

  • Del Ray Psych & Wellness: In addition to traditional therapeutic techniques, Del Ray Psych & Wellness is now offering Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy — a breakthrough in mental health treatment. Ketamine, a medication commonly used for pain relief and anesthesia, is combined with traditional psychotherapy techniques to create a groundbreaking approach that offers hope to individuals struggling with treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, OCD, and substance dependency. Learn more at com.
  • East West Wellness Rehab: East West Wellness provides recovery and rehabilitation service, utilizing both Eastern and Western healing techniques – including cupping therapy, dry needling, massage therapy, trigger point release, kinesiotaping, and more – to rehab your injuries and conditions. Learn more at com.
  • PIES Fitness Yoga: PIES is the only accredited Yoga Therapy Program in the Northern Virginia Area, with adaptive/therapeutic yoga specialists who compassionately guide clients with physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual or mental impairments to experience increased self-regulation and self-soothing skills by learning breath work and relaxation techniques. Learn more at com.
  • Studio Body Logic: For over 20 years, Studio Body Logic has instructed students in Authentic Pilates – a powerful, full-body exercise program that educates, realigns and balances your body while building lean flexible muscle. Through their NextStep Pilates program, they offer Authentic Pilates at a free or need-based sliding scale fee to military personnel and veterans who have been injured as a result of their service. Learn more at com.
  • Wild Unfolding: The Wild Unfolding is a holistic healing arts company specializing in energy medicine, physical pain, holistic lifestyle and wellness practices, working to help clients thrive in a world of abundant energy, misguiding information, burn out, increasing demands and overstimulation. “We live in an overwhelming world that can often disconnect us from ourselves,” said Karleigh Herman. “By working holistically on the physical body, nervous system, emotions, and Spirit, I help my clients come back into balance with their natural state.” Learn more at com.
  • Willow Wellness: Led by Dr. Cynthia Durakis, Willow Wellness offers gentle, effective chiropractic care, therapeutic bodywork, customized functional fitness, and personalized nutritional counseling – all with a holistic approach. “We believe in treating the whole person, addressing not only symptoms but also the underlying factors contributing to your well-being,” said Durakis. Learn more at com.

Well Ray takes place on Saturday, June 29. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water and mats. For more information, including a full schedule of events and class registration, visit wellraydelray.com.

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