UPPER THUMB – After years of failing to find relief from some health problems with traditional medicine, Shannon Scruggs-Allen turned to alternative natural medicine.

After that, she never looked back and started her own business, Metamorphosis Holistic Health LLC, in Cass City.

“During my 20s and 30s, I had health problems that made me really miserable,” said Scruggs-Allen. “I went to a lot of doctors. They made me take a handful of pills.”

They had so many side effects that tests showed they were damaging their liver and thyroid.

“I was miserable and desperate so I prayed to God for help.” Scruggs-Allen said.

Feeling like she had nothing to lose, she decided to find other avenues in hopes of feeling better. She knew nothing about naturopathy, but some of her friends recommended that she give it a try.

“I was skeptical about natural medicine” Scruggs-Allen said. “I thought it was just old woman stories. I wasn’t sure, but decided to give it a try. He was doing a health assessment. I purposely left out the health forms to see if he could figure out what it was was. ” He taught me how to improve my health and I was able to turn around 180. “

“He suggested some changes,” she continued. “I was very impressed. He believed in me about naturopathy. So much so that I’m making this my career. “

Because she could finally find relief through non-traditional methods, she became a practitioner of natural medicine. She opened her own business, Metamorphosis Holistic Health LLC, at 6455 Main St., Cass City. It’s located where Nancy’s Plain and Fancy was previously.

She is a certified naturopathic educator as well as a practitioner studying to become a traditional naturopathic doctor.

“Naturopaths do not diagnose, prescribe, or perform surgery.” Scruggs-Allen said. “We help people get healthy naturally and teach. In addition to bodywork, I give personal health assessments, iridology assessments, muscle response tests, herbalism, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, nutrition and supplements, health coaching, and ionic foot detox.”

Naturopathy is a medical system based on the belief that if the toxins are removed and the right nutrients are supplied, the body can heal itself. Those who practice it use natural substances like plants and minerals as well as nutritional supplements and therapies to help the body rebalance. They believe that these stimulate the healing process.

“I am also a double Reiki master” Scruggs-Allen said. “I completed my medical certification as well as a traditional Reiki therapist at Beaumont Hospital.”

Reiki is a very specific form of energy medicine that uses the nervous system and natural electrical currents in a person’s body with the hands right next to the body or lightly touching the body, like the laying on of hands.

“I believe in the laying on of hands.” She said.

Scruggs-Allen also offers Hot Rocks, Reflexology on the feet and hands, Raindrop Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy, a gentle hands-on technique that examines membranes and movements of fluids in and around the spine, skull bones, and central nerve system with a light touch.

“It helps relieve inflammation and tension in the central nervous system by allowing nourishing spinal fluid to flow properly,” she explained. “It promotes well-being by eliminating pain and increasing health and immunity.”

She is doing her PhD for four years at the Naturopathic Therapy and Education Institute in Mount Pleasant.

“The school’s program is designed so that students can immediately start practicing what they are learning.” Scruggs-Allen said. “As part of my school program, I have to give lessons based on what I’ve learned. I did my bodywork in Port Austin. I live in Deford so it’s been quite a drive. I was approached about renting this space in Cass City,” so I did it. “

However, she did not decide to rent the building until she discovered that there would be a market for her business in Cass City.

“I was skeptical that the area would be receptive to what I was doing,” she said. “I started working with the Rawson Library to offer my courses. The turnout was crowded and the participants were very open-minded. It showed me that Cass City would support my business. “

She still has some fine-tuning work to do to make the building suitable for her needs, but has been welcoming customers there since June. Metamorphosis Holistic Health LLC also has massage therapists who also offer therapeutic massages.

Metamorphosis Holistic Health LLC is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and outside of these hours by appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 989-550-4003.

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