A business owner on the Independence Square has expanded and is offering a new service with the aim of improved overall health.
“I just want to help people who want to feel better,” says Brenda VanFleet, owner of Directed Minds at 201 W. Lexington Ave. and now, for the new service, across the street at 210 W. Lexington Ave.
VanFleet is a registered nurse who has moved into alternative medicine.
“I’ve always loved helping people,” she says.
Directed Minds started off in neurofeedback, which can be used to address anxiety, depression, pain, addiction, insomnia and other issues.
“Neurofeedback is brain training,” VanFleet said.
Then she heard about BEMER, or bio-electromagnetic energy regulation. A machine creates a “multi-dimensionally configured signal” that improves circulation in the area where applied. NASA has embraced it, and Yoga Digest called it “one of the world’s most researched methods of enhanced blood flow.” It said there are more than 1 million users worldwide.
“Enhanced blood flow is known as the main road of health. It is where the cells are nurtured and disposed of. … Every single living cell in your body needs a consistent supply of oxygen,” the magazine writes.
VanFleet checked it out about a year ago and offered sessions with 250 people locally. She says she knew right away that the results were good and this was an added direction for her business.
Advocates do not make specific health claims.
“It doesn’t diagnose, and it doesn’t treat,” VanFleet said.
Still, the idea is that better blood flow – with gains significantly beyond those from exercise alone – can open the way for the body to heal itself.
“Anybody that tries it will see application in their lives,” she said. She is, for instance, trying to reach out to professionals who sit at their desks all day.
Hours at the BEMER location are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and walk-ins are welcome. VanFleet does demonstrations on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. The number is 816-301-7222.
“I think alternative medicine is on the upswing,” VanFleet said, “because we have seen what it has done.”