WESTPORT, Conn. — A sitting Buddha welcomes you to a new wellness center for women, a rich complement to the original stonework in a 19th-century building with ties to Norman Rockwell in Westport.
The Me, Myself & I Wellness Center opened officially Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting by First Selectman Jim Marpe at the Old Sasco Mill Building (1869 Post Road E.) near Southport.
The center offers life coaching and psychotherapy, meditation, yoga and personal physical fitness.
Its owner is Gail Heitz, who was a life coach and psychotherapist in Manhattan for many years. She leased the space that once housed the original Famous Artists School, which was founded in part by Rockwell as a correspondence course institution.
Heitz, who leased the building for 10 years, renovated it from its "bare bones," she told Daily Voice.
Among the work done: a floor was dipped due to a flowing brook underneath the building and walls were added to designate three separate spaces for the disciplines of mental, physical and spiritual offered at the center. Lighting and sound-proofing was also done, among other work, said Heitz.
She said opening the center has been a longtime dream.
"Having made several formidable changes in my own life, I focused on change and transformation in my psychotherapy practice in New York City," she said.
Heitz said her clients often seek help because they are in "confusion and at a loss" on how to make changes and move forward in their lives.
Some had sessions twice or several times a week, and often, "talk therapy only" was "not enough," said Heitz.
She then integrated physical fitness and yoga/meditation into her work.
People need to practice mental, physical and spiritual exercises to be "clear and lucid" before they can make changes, Heitz said.
"As a result, exploring the three methods of connection brought about a deeper thought process, which leads to confidence and taking action."
Challenges are "when a client is a couch potato, and simply wants to be guided mentally and not partake in the physical. One must move their body and be in touch with the body in order to make the necessary steps toward taking action and making a change."
Once the "resistance is broken down," Heitz said her clients would "soar toward accomplishment."
At Me, Myself & I, clients will become members. Heitz encourages them to come in two to three times weekly to "really make a difference in their lives."
When "old habits dissipate, new goals are achieved, and both internal and external change emerges" with the consistency, she said.
For more information, click here for the website or call 203-292-8301.