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Stressed out Children

Feb 20, 2014 04:39AM

It probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that children today are under more stress than the children of previous generations. Dr. Stephane Provencher, Gainesville Holistic Health Center, thinks that 21st century kids are under even more stress than their adult parents.

Gainesville Holistic Health Center offers a wide range of holistic therapies, including acupuncture, chiropractic, emotional clearing, energetic clearing, homeopathy, hypnotherapy and Reiki.

In his practice, he discovered many of the health issues adults are dealing with are rooted in stresses experienced in early childhood. While this might sound a little surprising, to Dr. S (as many of his patients call him), it makes a certain amount of sense. He says that "from the age of 0 to 7 years old, kids are in uploading mode,” absorbing all the stresses in their environment. Since they do not yet have the self-defense mechanisms and filtering capacity of adults to cope with large amounts of stress, it remains stored in their bodies and later manifests as illness.

This understanding inspired him to start the Whole-Listic Children’s Foundation in the fall of 2013. The foundation’s purpose is to provide awareness and resources that nourish children in body, mind and spirit. He hopes that by "building the foundation up front when they are young,” today’s kids will be empowered to cope with the stresses of modern life.

The foundation holds monthly workshops at the center and organizes an annual healthy living expo. Provencher wants to spread awareness of the myriad non-invasive choices available for all sorts of life and health challenges.

The organization created Project H.O.P.E., to summarize their mission of creating and supporting Healthy Bodies, Open Minds with Positive Energy and free spirits. Its programs are geared towards bolstering kids’ self-esteem, teaching them stress relief skills and educating them and their families about healthy nutritional choices.

This past October, the foundation partnered with the Tony Robbins Foundation to hold the Stress-Less Living Expo in Falls Church. Health experts shared information and conducted workshops about healthy lifestyles, and vendors presented the latest organic, gluten-free and non-GMO products and services.

During the holidays, the organization focused on communities in need by creating a healthy Thanksgiving for 36 families and a ‘magical Christmas’ for 93 homeless children and their parents and teachers. Provencher’s team feels that uniting the community leads to true empowerment.

Provencher hopes that as interest in alternative health treatments grows, he will some day see a 100 percent holistic hospital. He dreams of working in a hospital staffed by healers from a range of healing modalities who provide the least invasive and most cost effective healing services possible.

For more information about the Whole-Listic Childrens Foundation, call Gainesville Holistic Health at 571-248-0695 or visit


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