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STRESS RELIEVERS – Among several at metaStone, a new company in Wellsburg aimed at helping people relieve stress are, from left: DeeAnn Greene, co-owner; Shari Jo Watkins, Heather Tokas, co-owner; and Kylie McPherson. (Photo by Warren Scott)

WELLSBURG – A new company in Wellsburg brings together a variety of approaches aimed at reducing stress and increasing mental well-being.

Heather Tokas and DeeAnn Greene, owners of metaStone at 720 Charles St., said several area residents with skills ranging from yoga to the arts will work under one roof to help people focus on different way to feel better.

Formerly home to Cindy’s Fusion Fitness and A Child’s Place CASA, the location will be the venue for yoga, meditation and massage therapies, as well as lesser-known practices like sound and light therapy; reflexology, which applies pressure to the hands and feet; and Reiki, a Japanese technique that uses gentle touch to relieve stress.

Tokas said there are also plans to offer classes in music, art and interpretive dance.

She added Shari Jo Watkins, a motivational speaker who will present four-week programs on topics such as overcoming childhood issues and limiting beliefs, using self-talk to reshape thinking, and alternative therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder.

In addition, Devin Ashmore, Alicia Dunlevy, Jennifer Kokosinski, Kylie McPherson, Michelle Molnard and Carri Welsh will offer their services at metaStone.

Greene said she envisions metaStone hosting many seminars.

There is also a variety of herbal soaps and teas and jewelry for sale at metaStone.

Tokas said the company’s name derives from the idea that each person encounters a series of stepping stones on their journey to spiritual healing.

As fellow breast cancer survivors, Tokas and Greene hoped to help others deal with the stress they encounter.

Tokas said there are plans to invite people who work in law enforcement, social work, education and other high-stress areas to gather at metaStone for informal support meetings.

“So many people are hurting, but they’re suffering silently and of their own accord and don’t know how to talk to others about it.” She said.

For information about metaStone, call (304) 678-9021 or visit the Facebook page at metaStone: A Healing Group.

(Scott can be contacted at [email protected])

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