Lu Pierro of Union Township in Hunterdon County would like to see every holistic health practitioner around the world set aside Sunday, Oct. 2, to give free classes, workshops and demonstrations.
Worldwide Holistic Day is her brainchild and she is dedicated to getting it started and making it grow year after year. “I’m hoping it goes viral,” she says, which can happen when a good idea hits the Internet.
She chose Oct. 2 because it’s Ghandi’s birthday. Why Ghandi? Because he said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Pierro explains, “That’s a pretty good call to action.”
When she put out the word, “there was some confusion” among practitioners who thought she was organizing “the Woodstock of holistic events,” instead of the decentralized but coordinated global effort she envisions.
So far, about 20 practitioners have agreed to take part, some as far away as Spain and England, and a few right here in Hunterdon.
Pierro herself will be at the Unity Spiritual Center near Pattenburg giving free Reiki instruction from noon to 4 p.m. She explains that Reiki is not massage; it is a hands-on healing system that balances the body’s “chakras” or energy centers. (Call 908-730-8792 to register.)
Veronica August’s Bellewood Wellness Center at 511 Route 614 in Pattenburg will offer free samples of several modalities at an open house that observes the special day along with its 10th anniversary, from noon to 4 p.m. Of Worldwide Holistic Day, August says, “How amazing that there isn’t one already!”
Free samples will include massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, holistic food, EFT (emotional freedom technique) and Jin Shin Jyutsu (a non-manipulative stress reliever involving energy pathways).
Dr. Nancy Erb, a psychotherapist at 109 Main St. in Whitehouse Station, will also participate.
Pierro does not see holistic health treatments as alternatives to modern medicine, but as complementary to it. She tells of a friend who beat stage four lung cancer after combining chemotherapy with Reiki, essential oils and massage. “I would tell her she had more health cells than sick ones,” Pierro recalls. Besides their direct curative value, holistic treatments can enlist the mind of the afflicted person as “a powerful tool in healing.”
Organizing and promoting Worldwide Holistic Day is “my spiritual practice” says Pierro, who expects “not a dime” to come her way because of it. “What really kicked it off for me were all those people suffering after earthquakes (in Haiti, Chile and Japan).… Holistic intervention can help reduce pain and suffering.… In times of crises, holistic therapies can be the on-the-ground first response. Holistic therapies can help reduce trauma, lower blood pressure and prevent bleed out.”
Pierro encourages all holistic practitioners to join the Worldwide Holistic Day movement by visiting her web site, http://firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you know of one anywhere in the world, she hopes you’ll invite them to join, too.
“When you have people all over the world doing the same thing with the same focus, you connect them for positive changes,” says Pierro.