Living Spaces Lifestyle - Village Spa offers choices for a healthy lifestyle

Living Spaces Lifestyle - NEWFANE— People like choices. And when it comes to their health, it’s good for people to have options, says physician Patricia Danaher.

The Newfane doctor has opened a separate business that can offer just that. Opening a few weeks ago, the Village Spa has a variety of services for residents that can provide some help with pursuing a healthy lifestyle. The spa offers massage therapy, facials, foot reflexology and skin care medical treatment, dealing with problems such as acne. The spa is located at 2658 Main St., Newfane, in the same building that houses Danaher’s regular medical practice.

“It came out of a desire to offer a more holistic choice for patients,” Danaher said. “Of course you don’t have to be a patient (to come to the spa). But being located here, I can work with patients.”

Danaher said there are some people who may not feel better with the use of traditional medicine, especially those with chronic pain. What can they do after they’ve exhausted all other options?

“It’s nice to offer them something else,” Danaher said.

In October, Danaher will have been in Newfane running her own practice for seven years. She started out business in a Main Street plaza, but moved to her current location two years ago. The practice is located in what used to be a family house, slightly renovated to accommodate Danaher’s office. The spa is located at the top of the house, with a treatment room upstairs.

“I wanted to stay in the Newfane Main Street area,” Danaher said. “We’re slowly working on it. For the first few months we’re starting slow.”

The desire to stay in the area is what brought Danaher to Newfane in the first place. A graduate of Lockport High School, Danaher earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. After medical school and working for a little while in Pennsylvania, Danaher returned to the area.

“It’s been great ever since,” Danaher said. “My family and friends are here.”

Last Friday, Danaher’s office hosted a Wellness Fair to introduce residents to the services the Village Spa offers. Office Manager Eunice Watts said the turnout was good, and the rain held off long enough.

“It went very well,” Watts said.

The fair gave people a chance to check out what the spa offers, but also provided a few free things. That included a blood pressure check and body fat analysis, as well as an introduction to the NutraMetrix supplement product line. NutraMetrix is an enhanced, comprehensive nutrition program that involves vitamins and health prevention.

Of course, good health can be a product of good decision-making.

“Diet and lifestyle can help,” Danaher said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.


• WHAT: A spa that offers massage therapy, skin care and facials, foot reflexology and a NutraMetrix product line

• WHERE: 2658 Main St., Newfane

Living Spaces Lifestyle

• FOR MORE INFO: Call 778-8627

Living Lifestyle - Healthy lifestyle boosts protection against H1N1

A HEALTHY lifestyle which includes a well-balanced diet and regular exercise would strengthen one's immunity to the pandemic strain of Influenza A(H1N1).

WHO's team leader (Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response) Dr Jacob Kool said a person's system would naturally be more resistant to illnesses like the flu if they adopted a healthy lifestyle.

On whether it was wise to consume vitamin supplements to boost protection, he advised against it.

He reiterated that the Tamiflu drug does not offer a 100 per cent cure.

"It generally shortens the infection and makes it less intensive," he explained.

"For optimum effect, the drug is best to be taken within two days."

The pandemic virus has been determined more dangerous for people in the following conditions:

* The very old and the very young

* Chronic heart disease

* Chronic lung disease (e.g. asthma)

* Diabetes

* Obesity

He stressed the importance of people being serious about the preventive measures, like staying at home if one is coughing and sneezing.

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