A Himalayan salt cave. Energy mapping. Magnetic therapy. Yoga. Hot Yoga. These are just some of the ways that entrepreneur Holly Draper is helping people to improve their minds and bodies at Purify Wellness in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
In a time marked with health concerns, Holly Draper wants to help people of all ages be their healthiest selves. But that’s no easy task. Speaking about being this kind of entrepreneur, Draper says, “It has been more work than I ever expected, but I’m very happy because I do get to live my dream. I have four kids and two businesses, but I don’t have any social life.”
Becoming a Health and Fitness Expert
Draper grew up in Utah county. She got into alternative therapies soon after diving into preparedness.
She asked herself, “What if a huge disaster or pandemic comes? I want to be able to take care of my own family’s health if they are sick or hurt.” This line of thinking caused her to begin learning about herbs and essential oils. She is now the highest accredited aromatherapist in Utah, with a master’s degree in aromatherapy and a certification from the National Aromatherapy Registration Council.
Then, about 10 years ago, Draper started her own essential oils company, Purify Skin Therapy, because no competitor here in Utah offered USDA organic essential oils. With her education she knew she only wanted to use the higher quality certified organic essential oils that don’t have pesticides. Her company was Utah’s first all organic and wildcrafted essential oil company.
This successful journey led her to earning a second master’s degree in health and wellness, where she studied all kinds of therapies from magnetic therapies to salt therapies. This sparked a new dream in her mind.
“Wouldn’t it be so cool to have one place with all these amazing therapies?” she thought. “This idea just kept getting bigger in my mind. I dreamt about it for eight years.”
Improving Mind and Body
Draper eventually opened Purify Wellness in Pleasant Grove—a full-service wellness center that also has the largest yoga studio in Utah. They provide an incredible variety of services to help the mind and body.
One of the main attractions of the center is its yoga classes, including hot yoga, which uses a state-of-the-art infrared lighting system to create a giant infrared sauna room. They also have a full massage studio and facilities for foot zone therapy, magnetic therapy, and energy mapping.
In the center of the studio sits a room constructed completely out of blocks of salt mined from the Himalayas and shipped to Utah. Weighing in at more than 16 tons, this “salt cave” is made without mortar between the blocks to provide the purest, most therapeutic experience possible. While sitting in this room, a person’s body is bombarded with negative ions while a halo generator pumps medical-grade salt into the air. This therapy creates a powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect that is especially helpful for those with respiratory issues, even asthma and allergies. The salt also cleans out bacteria in the ears, nose, throat, and lungs to help promote general health and protect against infection. It also cleanses the skin and can be used to help clear up acne and other skin conditions.
More Important Than Ever
With so many options that might be unfamiliar, Draper hopes that people will come with an open mind. “I was hoping that the community is ready for a wellness space with alternative therapy,” she says. Unfortunately, they were only open for about three months before the COVID-19 pandemic shut them down for about two months. They reopened as soon as they could and have invited their clients to come back as soon as they feel comfortable. Business is good again for Purify Wellness, and Draper is looking toward the future with her sights set on opening a second location.
According to Draper, during the pandemic, it has been more vital than ever to take care of our bodies. And to those who feel apprehensive about yoga, she invites them to come in and give it a try. She believes people will quickly see how beneficial and health-promoting yoga and other alternative therapies can be.
“More than anything, I wish everyone knew that yoga is the best exercise, and it is for everyone,” she says. “We have more gentle and beginner classes than other studios because we want people to come and try it. Yoga is the best exercise you can do, especially as we get older. It can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, and it can keep you strong, flexible, and balanced well into our older years. It’s even anti-aging! If we learned anything over the last year, it’s that we need to realize that our health is our greatest asset, and we must take time now for health and wellness in our lives.”
To learn more about Purify Wellness, visit purifywellnesscenter.com.
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