2009-04-29 / Business

New holistic center offers all-natural healing solutions

by KELLY JACKSON Reporter

Richie Santucci Richie Santucci Snyder Holistic Health Center works to stop health problems before they occur.

"Prevention is the best form of medicine and what is especially necessary to help our economy recover," said owner Richie Sant 23.

Working beside the clients, the practitioners of Snyder Holistic use an approach that evaluates every factor in the clients' lifestyles that could affect their health, both mentally and physically.

The result is an all-encompassing healing process that aims to maintain a higher level of health and wellness with long-term effectiveness.

Santucci opened the business, at 4511 Main St. at Harlem Road, in March after he discovered the benefits of holistic healing.

While interning at hospitals in the Buffalo area, Santucci witnessed what he described as shocking cases of patients in their early 30s with chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart failure. After those patients underwent quick treatments to get them out of the hospital, they would return a few months later to receive more pills and undergo more procedures, he said,

"I wanted people to know that there are so many more options out there than what your doctor often tells you," Santucci said. "And they are just as safe and often yield much fewer side effects because they are natural approaches."

Services provided at Snyder Holistic include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, chiropractic, nutrition, yoga, Pilates, counseling, metaphysical counseling, naturopathy, homeopathy, reiki, reflexology, hypnosis, cranial sacral therapy and holistic personal training.

With a team of about 10 professionals, each with an educational background in his or her field of practice, Snyder Holistic works to find the best possible solution to a health problem, only reverting to surgery or hospital medication as an absolute last resort.

"People need to be educated that there are healthier, simpler ways to heal people. We empower the clients to heal themselves," said Ben Nazitto, who is licensed in acupuncture, certified as an herbologist and is a Svaroopa Yoga instructor.

Every person who seeks holistic health will be assessed to determine an appropriate healing method. Nazitto said he can spend up to two hours with a new client to figure out what the underlying problem is.

"We want the full picture of their lives and to know who they are," said Nazitto.

Through the practices of good nutrition, stress reduction, replacing negative energy with positive energy and promoting happiness, Snyder Holistic works to help clients through the healing process without the dependency on medications.

A weeklong set of free classes will be available to anyone interested.

Pilates will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 4; 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5; 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6; 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7; and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9.

Yoga will be offered at 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, and at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.

Yogalates, a new mix of yoga and Pilates, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7.

Class sessions will begin the week of May 11 and run eight weeks.

To reserve a spot for the free classes or for the sessions starting May 11, call Snyder Holistic at 839-6585.

For more information, visit www. snyderholistichealth. com.

e-mail: kjackson@beenews.com

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