We’re from California… we’re used to alternatives to everything! And when it comes to health care, there are probably more acupuncturists, yoga and Pilates teachers per square mile than in all of Mexico!
Which brings us to our point. Merida, until recently, hasn’t had some of the health care professionals that we took for granted in California. Over the last few years, the offerings in that area have grown considerably. Still, it’s not necessarily easy to find them when you need them.
A few locals had the brilliant idea of organizing an Alternative Health Fair, bringing all the alternative service providers that they could manage into one place. That fair happens this Saturday Nov. 14, from 10am – 1pm at the Merida English Library (if you don’t already know, that’s on Calle 53 between Calle 66 and 68 in the Centro).
You also may have read here in the events calendar that the fair was going to open with a ceremony from a group of Mayan Traditional Healers from here in Yucatan. Unfortunately for us, but luckily for them, this group of healers will not be able to attend because they have been asked to be part of a ceremony in Xcambo that day. The ceremony is in affiliation with the Wild9 conference being held here in Merida this past weekend and all this week. So we will be sad to not have them with us, but so happy for them to be part of such an internationally recognized group.
The Alternative Fair was conceived by an alternative practitioner of 30 years who felt like it was time that both the extranjero community, as well as the Yucatecan community, have an opportunity to interface with many of the alternative practitioners here in Merida. There will be over 20 practitioners participating in the fair this weekend.
There will be several different types of massage therapists, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, pilates, yoga instructors, herbalists and many others. This will be your opportunity to talk with people who deal with health from a different perspective than our traditional allopathic doctors. Many of these practitioners have spent years helping people heal conditions that are just not helped with allopathic medicine. Merida is a wealthy city in many regards, and the abundance of alternatives out there will definitely be reflected in the participating practitioners.
In the end, the community will determine if this is a worthwhile project. If you think it is, please spread the word to all your friends, family, coworkers, students etc. and come visit the Alternative Health Fair. We think this fair adds value to our community, and we’d like to see it become an annual event… what do you think?
Remember: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at the English Library, Calle 53 # 524 x calle 66 y 68, 10 am -1 pm.
If you can’t go, but want to get in touch with an alternative healter, contact Kathie at kathieps [at] mac [dot] com.