WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Thomas Schieffer, owner of the Vital Herbalist in Northampton, will offer a series of four health and wellness classes at the Springfield Veterans Center, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Healthy Living classes will run every Tuesday at that time through Sept. 30.
Schieffer is a clinical herbalist, holistic health consultant and Shiatsu practitioner who specializes in complete holistic lifestyle consulting, digestive health, food allergies, sleep troubles, muscle tension and pain, and restoring vitality.
In his classes for veterans, he will focus on the impact that a good diet, sleep and exercise have on one’s health.
“After offering these classes for the past year, I have seen major impacts and positive changes in the lives of veterans,” Schieffer said. “Holistic health is useful because it uses simple, effective and inexpensive methods for treating a wide array of health issues that heals them at the root level so they don’t come back.”
Ruth Berrios, a readjustment counseling therapist at the veteran’s center, said, “I was able to see a dramatic change in healthy choices made by the veterans who participated. I believe that the information taught by Thomas is very valuable for overall health and well-being, and we are grateful that he is willing to provide this program to our veterans.”
The Springfield Veterans Center is located in Northgate Plaza, 95A Ashley Avenue, off of Riverdale Road. The classes are free for veterans. To register, call the center at (413) 737-5167.
Schieffer worked for 10 years as a military contractor, servicing rotorcraft as a flight mechanic and lived on military bases in countries such as Turkey and Turkmenistan. He left that job eight years ago; six years ago, he moved to the Pioneer Valley and now helps others to achieve holistic health.
“These classes offer a way for me to give back and do something I am passionate about,” he said.