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Botsford Offers Seminar on Complementary Therapy Options

Novi, MI (February 17, 2009)--- You may have heard the term “complementary” used to refer to methods that are supposed to prevent or treat disease symptoms and wondered what that meant.  The Botsford Center for Health Improvement (BCHI) is hosting a free workshop on complementary and alternative therapies to answer some of the questions surrounding this health option.

On Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., BCHI will discuss a variety of complementary medicine treatments including their safety and how they work.  You will learn the basics and talk to experts in the fields of massage, Reiki, hypnotherapy, yoga and tai chi.  Activities will include an interactive seminar on complementary medicine for preventive health care and disease management, demonstrations on the mind body connections, manipulations and touch, and energy therapy.

Monica Pagels, exercise physiologist and manager of the Botsford Center for Health Improvement, says, “Some complementary therapies may relieve symptoms of pain associated with chronic disease, relieve side effects of cancer therapy or improve a patient’s comfort level.  Remember, it is important for individuals who are thinking about using any alternative or complementary therapy to discuss this with their physician first.”

The Botsford Center for Health Improvement is the first medical model fitness center in Metro Detroit.  More than a health club, the Botsford Center for Health Improvement offers a complete wellness approach to all of its programs emphasizing prevention and lifestyle change.  To learn more about the Botsford Center for Health Improvement or the Complementary and Alternative Therapies Workshop, please call (248) 473-3100 or log on to www.botsford.org/bchi.

Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.

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