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The Yampa Valley has a tradition of being a healing place. The Utes are said to have come with their troubles and left without them. Pioneers came for the springs.

"It's still healing, and that could be a big niche attraction," said Lila Henry, a Steamboat Springs practitioner of energy medicine. "The valley attracts healers."

What: Holistic Health Fair When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Where: Depot Art Center Cost: Free

Thirty-one alternative healers will gather for the community's first Holistic Health Fair on Sunday in the baggage room at the Depot Art Center. It will be a chance for Steamboat's alternative healing community to mingle and for residents to meet a broad sampling of the bountiful alternative healing expertise Steamboat has to offer.

The fair's presenters will be there to demonstrate and share information about such diverse topics as massage, "life consultations," herbal medicine, organic plants, energy work, essential oils, cranial-sacral technique, art therapy, acupuncture, raindrop technique, Feldenkrais, energy medicine, crystals, palm readings and nutrition.

There will be room to talk with practitioners about problems and issues, and an opportunity for people to "open up and add things to their existing belief system," Henry said.

Everyone who attends the fair will receive a directory that lists the practitioners. There also will be tons of door prizes, she said.

Throughout the fair, several 20-minute presentations will give practitioners an opportunity to demonstrate their therapies to a broad audience.

June Florence, a nutritional counselor, will be giving a "live food" demonstration during the Holistic Health Fair.

"What I have learned is that when you feed people, it has a greater impact," Florence said. "People think live food is weeds and seeds."

Actually, live food means food as nature presents it, Florence explained. She will be making a rich, creamy almond ricotta during her demonstration, just one of her live food recipes.

Reiki masters Diane Theresa and Bob Yaz will have one of the fair's more unusual gadgets on display -- a Chi machine. This small electric machine imitates the undulating of fish, so when your ankles are placed on it your entire body rocks back and forth and "induces Alpha waves of relaxation in the brain," Yaz said.

"This is an awesome tool to relax and align the body," Theresa said. The Chi machine has been approved by the FDA and Yaz and Theresa suggested it would be a good tool to use before massage, chiropractic or other treatments.

"There are a lot of people doing really great things in this town that people don't know about," Florence said.

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