Today’s enclave of health-oriented businesses in West Linn’s Historic Willamette’s Main Street is a credit to the Native Americans drawn to the sweep of the area’s expansive waterfalls and the restorative confluence of the Tualatin and Willamette rivers.
“Willamette is like a magnet for people interested in healthy living,” says Diane Bays, owner of Healthy Spaces. “The area has a special energy that’s conducive to healing,” she says.
Bays claims the combination of spiritual harmony and physical vigor drew the earliest settlers and continues to attract a healthy dose of healthcare specialists.
Today, more than 30 wellness practitioners are located between West Linn’s Central Village below Willamette Falls’ Oregon City Bridge and Fields Bridge baseball parks and nature walks.
Historic Willamette, smack in the middle, is lined with the healing arts.
From spas to podiatrists, from eyewear to water with curative powers, from massages to Pilates, the quaint stretch of shops along Willamette Falls Drive meets the needs of all who feel an ache, pain or simply a yen to be pampered.
And now, Wellness Wednesdays are back. By popular demand, says Bays, the wellness community has been invited to be a staple at West Linn’s new, enhanced, theme-based Farmer’s Market on Historic Willamette Main Street.
For 10 weeks every Wednesday starting June 22, a doctor or healthcare expert will provide information or consultations that coincide with the Farmer’s Market feature of the week. “The Farmer’s Market is a natural, pardon the pun, environment for the wellness providers to introduce their practice to the public. And a kickoff on Summer Solstice is again, naturally inspiring,” said Bays.
Bays originally organized the Willamette Wellness Community back in 2003. The group is dedicated to making Willamette a destination for healthy living. Healthcare agencies range from Legacy Health located in the Marketplace Shopping area of Historic Willamette to the alternative medicine practitioners on Main Street who mingle Western tradition with Eastern remedies such as acupuncture or Reiki, a Japanese stress reducing technique.
The Wellness Community is determined that all those interested have an opportunity to experience the healing powers of Willamette. Bays will reach out to local senior centers and others to ensure transportation is available to shuttle visitors to and from Willamette’s new, enhanced theme-based Market 2011.