BRISTOL – Magic crystals and echoing drums; revolutionary sanitary napkins and soothing aromatherapy. Healing products and practices were all featured in the DoubleTree by Hilton Sunday.

The 6th semi-annual EXPO: Passport to Health and Wellness presented over 75 holistic professionals who offered their services, knowledge and goods in the hotel’s lobby and conference rooms. Speakers presented health tips and information every half hour, and people came in and out throughout the day.

The event was free to the public, but donations were made for Hartford Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Angie’s Spa Fund and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

“We have readers, bodywork folks, and lots of great raffle prizes,” said event coordinator Shirley Bloethe, executive director of Holistic Community Professionals, members from all over Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire and Florida.

“I love it; I come to all of the shows,” said Gloria Masse, a Reiki master, herbalist, and life coach who lives in Farmington. “A great place to network with like-minded people.”

Also in attendance was Sharon Lomax, Brand Ambassador for Reign, a premium brand of sanitary napkins that do not pose the health risks that proponents of regular products speak of.

“Have you heard of Justice for My Jewel?” Lomax inquired and demonstrated the superior absorbency of Reign’s product over the traditional sanitary napkin.

“As women, we didn’t know that we were harming ourselves by using it,” she said. “Manufacturers don’t have to reveal what they’re made of, and they’re pretty damaging.”

Meanwhile, Sharon McKernan, a licensed reflexologist, was sitting at a booth in another room.

While working on a client, Sharon’s husband, Jay, explained how reflexology works.

“Different points on the feet correspond to different parts of the body,” he said.

The training was free to visitors who were able to study at booths from health and wellness experts.

The sale of jewelry, gemstones and gifts from Marizz Crystals & Things was Marisa Caisse.

“That’s my passion,” said Caisse. “I love doing these events.”

The main speaker of the day was Dr. Eric Secor of Hartford HealthCare’s Covid Recovery Team.

Secor discussed the long-term effects of Covid-19, the respiratory disease that is causing the 2020-21 world pandemic.

“We see all kinds of central nervous system problems,” he said.

The health network is now offering a variety of therapies to combat quality of life inhibitors allegedly caused by Covid.

The 7th biannual expo is scheduled for October 17th and will also take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Sunday July 18, 2021 at 5:20 pm. Updated: Sunday, July 18, 2021 5:22 PM.

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