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A Look at Yinzhou’s New Essential Wellness Center | 鄞州新开张的健康生活@家一览

 


Written by (作者): Ningbo Focus 《宁波聚焦》
Photos by (图片来源): Ningbo Focus 《宁波聚焦》 & Essential Wellness Center 健康生活@家


 

Healthy food and lifestyle options are hard to come by here in Ningbo, with only a few real options for organic, vegan, and healthy eating options in the city to choose from, and not much in terms of lifestyle management. This is changing quickly thanks to Essential Wellness, a center catering to health-conscious Chinese and foreigners that offers coaching, various courses, a community garden, and store with organic products.

Essential Wellness Health Center is the brainchild of long-time Ningbo resident Denise Bradford, who has been living and working in the city for 18 years. Denise had the idea for some time after seeing there wasn’t much in the form of a place where people could come and learn how to live healthier in Ningbo, and she sought to change that. She felt 2016 was the right time to open Essential Wellness after seeing changes in attitudes towards healthy living amongst locals and foreigners.

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We found Denise one warm Sunday morning on the rooftop of the building where the center was located, giving a class for kids and parents on making all-natural play dough and seed holders in the rooftop classroom adjacent to the center’s soon-to-be-developed community garden. Following the class we had a chat with her as she cleaned up and took us on a tour of Essential Wellness on the 3rd floor below.

The center itself consists of a number of classrooms and offices. Upon entering, there’s a bulletin board where class schedules and upcoming seminars are advertised, and there’s a space yet to be filled where dried organics and all-natural products – fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices – will be will be available to the public from local farmers that Essential Wellness has formed special partnerships with and from the garden on the roof.

Further down the main hall is a large open classroom where yoga and other exercise classes will be taught. Across from the yoga classroom is a cooking classroom, where Denise intends to teach class members how to make all-natural and whole food plant based dishes in the future. The two final rooms are Denise’s and other instructors’ offices, where both offer one-on-one and group consultations for healthier living for clients.

Denise tells me that there are a number of similar centers and businesses in Shanghai, but that they differ greatly in terms of the methods used and services offered. Essential Wellness provides the best of both worlds by offering coaching, courses, DIY learning sessions, the rooftop garden, and shop. Besides offering special courses for the whole family, the center also provides thorough services for clients. Denise explains that there are memberships and one-time clinic checkups and even checkups for the whole family. Following an initial meeting, the individual or group is given “Wellness Goals” to strive towards, which are followed up on and changed over a series of months.

Memberships are reasonably priced, starting at 888 RMB for families and 588 RMB for individuals and include options for varying amounts of sessions, special course discounts, and the ability to purchase books and supplemental materials. Essential Wellness Health Center is set to open on August 31st. For upcoming courses and seminar schedules, check our website, WeChat, and magazine when information becomes available.

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在宁波,健康的食物和生活方式是不可多得的,可供选择的有机、素食和健康饮食的餐厅少之又少,就连以管理生活方式为主题的会所也很少。健康生活@家的诞生使这种情况发生了转变,这是一家为迎合重视健康的中外友人的健康生活技能学习中心,为人们提供辅导、多种课程、社区花园和有机产品商店。

健康生活@家是宁波常住居民Denise Bradford的智慧结晶。她在宁波生活并工作了18年。发现在宁波能够让人们进来学习如何才能生活得更健康的会所寥寥无几之后,她想改变这一现状。2016年,在发现本地居民和外籍人士对健康生活的态度有所改变后,她觉得是时候在开设健康生活。

在一个温暖的周日早上,我们在一幢大厦的天台与Denise碰面,这幢大厦就是该健康生活技能学习中心的所在地。当时,她正在教室里给小孩和家长上课,教他们制作纯天然的橡皮泥和沙子容器,这个教室毗邻即将建成的社区花园。课程结束之后,我们与她聊了一会儿,在她打扫完教室之后,她带着我们参观了地下三层的健康生活。

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健康生活技能学习中心由若干间教室和办公室组成。走进学习中心就能看到一个公告板,上面有课程表和下学期的宣传广告。公告板的另一边全是来自与健康生活合作的本地农民或者天台花园种植的干燥的有机物和纯天然的产品——水果、蔬菜、草药、调味料。

走进大厅就能看到一间大型的开放式教室,瑜伽课和其他健身课程会在这里进行。瑜伽教室的对面是烹饪教室。Denise打算在未来教学员制作纯天然的素食菜品。尽头的两间房间是Denise和别的老师的办公室,为客户提供健康生活方面的一对一或团体咨询。

Denise告诉我在上海有许多类似的中心和公司,但是,在所采用的方式和提供的服务方面却截然不同。健康生活通过提供指导、多种课程、DIY学习班、天台花园和商店做到两全其美。除了为家庭提供特选课程,健康生活还为客户提供综合服务。Denise解释道健康生活将提供会员制或一次性的临床检查,甚至能为全家人提供临床检查。首次会面之后,个人或团体会被给予可以为之奋斗的“健康目标”。在未来的几个月内,健康生活还将继续对这一目标进行随访分析和调整。

参与到健康生活的会员卡价格合理,家庭版会员卡只需888元起,个人版会员卡588元起,可享各类学习班和特选课程优惠价,还有资格购买书籍和辅导资料。健康生活@家将于8月31日开业。想了解课程表和研讨班日程安排,请继续关注我们的网站、微信和杂志。


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Be sure to drop by Essential Wellness on August 31st to take part in their opening ceremony. There will also be FREE open courses, prizes, and specials on courses followed by an opening mocktail party in the evening!

Also, please refer to the schedule above for courses for the rest of August.?

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