PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT: Chicchan from Global Healing at the Wellbeing Expo at A&I; Hall, Bangalow.
PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT: Chicchan from Global Healing at the Wellbeing Expo at A&I; Hall, Bangalow. Patrick Gorbunovs

Alternative is accepted

THE Australian Skeptics society would have a field day, but they would be way outnumbered by the believers at an alternative health showcase that kicked off at Bangalow yesterday.

At the Starlight Wellbeing Expo at A&I Hall you can get your back, your body and your chakra realigned, your feet massaged, your palm read and learn how to make and play your own native Indian drum and use it as a force of healing.

You can get your heart trauma healed, your face lifted through yoga, discover the power of chanting, learn how to connect with your heart and the earth and honour your soul.

You can unlock the secrets of your mind chatter and discover how your unproductive patterns may be stifling the joy and serenity in your life.

Laugh if you will, but it's amazing how many of the practices seen as hippie claptrap by some eventually seep into the mainstream.

After all, remember when kinesiology, iridology, shiatsu massage, The Secret and detox diets were regarded as just for weirdos?

Byron's Raym Richards, who founded the expo 16 years ago, said it used to take 10 to 15 years for an alternative modality to become virtually mainstream, but that time frame was growing shorter.

"I believe there's a shift in consciousness. People are really looking for answers. People aren't cautious any more," Mr Richards said.

"Our demographic has gotten broader every year," he said.

"Look at the number of guys here. Once they used to be dragged here by their wives and now they're here trying things."

Mr Richards said while it had its place, people were increasingly disillusioned with mainstream medicine as it seemed too focused on making money at the expense of true healing and people were waking up to "big pharma".

On her first visit to the Northern Rivers, Melbourne's Nadia Wang had been underwhelmed by the area's reputation as a healing centre until her attendance at the expo.

Ms Wang, a "certified facilitator for access consciousness" in her own right, had consulted a life coach at the expo about her "imbalance with money" and was already feeling like a million bucks.

"I've just found another angle in my own healing work. It's opened me up immensely," she gushed.

"I'm just having an amazing time. I'm just loving the energy."

Meanwhile her husband Ron was making a dream come true by learning the art of cyclical breathing in a didgeridoo workshop.

The Starlight Wellbeing Expo is expected to draw 1200 people over the four days.

The Starlight Wellbeing Expo continues daily until Sunday from 9.30am-5.30pm.

Tickets are $15/10



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