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Healthy advice: Copper Country residents attend wellness symposium

February 15, 2011
By Stacey Kukkonen Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - With the chance to talk with different health and wellness professionals, as well as hear lectures of interest, many Copper Country residents flocked to the Finnish American Heritage Center last Friday afternoon.

The Health and Wellness Symposium featured vendors offering services ranging from massages and hand treatments to blood glucose checks and blood pressure monitoring.

Linda Kinnunen of L'Anse sat with a pair of gloves on her hands for a few minutes.

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Tami Pekkala of Cabin Cuts Styling Salon in Hancock dips Linda Kinnunen’s hand in wax as part of a hand treatment at the Health and Wellness Symposium recently at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Stacey Kukkonen)

"It feels wonderful," she said of the wax coating her hands. "It's not hot, it's just really nicely warm and soothing."

Tami Pekkala of Cabin Cuts Styling Salon in Hancock offered hand treatments Friday for those who were interested.

"It's a melted down wax and you sanitize the hands and dip them in the mixture," Pekkala said.

From there, a pair of plastic gloves is put over the hands followed by the oven mitts, she noted.

"It seals in the moisture in your hands," she said. "It's good for dry hands and it's really good for arthritis."

The aroma of vanilla and lavender drifted from Pekkala's mixture and wafted throughout the room, which also included an Arbonne representative, a professional offering information on Chinese medicine and the Nikken table near the front of the room where Debbie Karstu set up information for those interested.

"This year, there are more men," Karstu said. "It's going really good today. All the chairs were filled for most of the speakers."

Several Finlandia students offered massages and helped around the room.

"We are studying abroad in Finland in May," Finlandia sophomore Sarah Verville said. "We are going to a couple of classes for a week and then roaming around Finland."

The Health and Wellness Symposium serves as a fundraiser for the students at Finland University who are traveling to Helsinki, Finland, and need to raise a couple thousand dollars per student.

Speakers at the event included local physicians and wellness experts who presented on topics including oncology, colon cancer, chiropractic care, energy and wellness and perfectionism and workaholism.



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