NHPC conference focuses on wellness for aging communities

Jessica Beaulieu
May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014 – Red Deer, Alta., plays host to this year’s Natural Health Practitioners of Canada’s (NHPC) 25th Annual Conference, welcoming around 350 attendees from the natural health community to educate, network and raise awareness on the benefits of natural health for the aging community.
Held at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, from May 23-25, this year’s conference marks the association’s 25th year and is celebrating with the theme, “Roots: Longevity Through Natural Health,” paying particular attention to natural health and wellness in aging communities.

Jana Niven, NHPC education and events manager says, “it’s a big year for us so we decided on this theme because it has a strong focus on the options we have to stay healthy as we mature and age. So it represents longevity for the organization and for all our members and the clients they treat as well.”

The conference will host 20 presenters, eight of which with backgrounds in massage therapy who will be teaching seminars and workshops on the practice.

“Colleen Fraser, an RMT is expanding her practice and looking into Ayurveda practices so we like to not only build on the tools that our massage therapists already have but also start to help them investigate and provide for them opportunities to look at other therapies that can expand their base,” Niven said.

Topics of discussion include reflexology and massage therapy, organic massage creams, Ayurvedic techniques, lymphatic drainage and massage therapy for the elderly.

“It’s really about building their full scope as a practitioner. We’ll be showing a lot of new trends that are coming into natural health practices as well as some tried and true favourites. So they can take away some new tools to build on their existing skillset and there will be plenty of activities where they can network and share each other’s learning,” Niven said.

This year’s conference is expecting over 325 attendees, with that number expected to go up to 350 with tradeshow exhibitors and participants.

Niven explains that this year’s tradeshow, which opens its doors to the public on the Saturday of the conference and includes close to 50 exhibitors, is especially exciting as they have made efforts to push it further into the public domain.

“We’re really trying to move into the public domain and raise public awareness of natural health and its benefits. We want to teach the public some things they might not have been aware of or connect them with practicing members,” she said.

In addition to this year’s conference the NHCP annual general meeting will take place on Thursday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. – noon. The meeting, which is free and open to all NHCP members, will review the association’s yearly activities, include voting on association bylaws and will welcome new volunteer members to the board of directors.

The NHPC is a non-profit association with nearly 7,000 members from across the country. Their membership includes practitioners from various holistic medical communities, ranging from acupuncture and aromatherapy to yoga and massage therapy.

To learn more about the NHPC, the conference or a specific speaker, visit the conference website.

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