Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

PROACTIVE APPROACH TO WELLNESS Women's Wellness Center Takes Larger View of What Constitutes a Healthy Life

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

PROACTIVE APPROACH TO WELLNESS Women's Wellness Center Takes Larger View of What Constitutes a Healthy Life

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Cookie Smith of Evansville has been a student of yoga for years - and the benefits of the practice, she's found, extend far beyond the yoga class. If she has trouble falling asleep, Smith uses yoga poses and breathing techniques to help her relax. Yoga has also helped her become more aware of (and better at dealing with) physical, emotional and mental stress in her life.

"It is a total physical and spiritual part of the way I approach things," Smith said.

That outlook is exactly what St. Mary's Medical Center is trying to foster with its new Women's Wellness Center.

Smith is among the students who takes yoga classes at the center, which began operations last year.

The center, located in an office building on the hospital's campus, offers a variety of classes, workshops and individual sessions on topics ranging from yoga and tai chi to aromatherapy, massage, natural childbirth and drumming for stress relief.

The goal: to encourage people to take a larger view of what it means to be truly healthy. "We are trying to bring worlds together," said Helen Shymanski, the center's coordinator.

"Our health and well-being includes a lot of things."

Shymanski was hired in April 2011 to create the Women's Wellness Center, and the center began offering classes in September 2011.

Shymanski has worked in the field of health and wellness since 2000. She holds numerous certi-fications in the health/wellness field and is a certified instructor in both yoga and Pilates. Before that, she was a marketing director at F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors; a loan officer and private banker at Citizens National Bank; and a management trainee, account executive and fundraiser at the United Way.

In developing the curriculum at the Women's Wellness Center, Shymanski said she wanted to offer a range of ways for people to help themselves heal, but also to take care of themselves before a major illness hits. …

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