Discover Holistic School and Wellness Center in Rocky River

Yoga is a way to relax from the stress of the day.

Want to learn about Aromatherapy, take a Kundalini Yoga class, or start a career in Holistic Health? It’s time to visit Great Lakes School of Integrative Medicine (GLSIM) and Community Wellness Center in Rocky River.

Relocated from Northfield, GLSIM successfully launched its open house on June 20, with over 200 in attendance. “With our ‘Taking Care, Taking Charge’ motto, our pledge is to provide education that concentrates on the benefits of the proven natural therapies for holistic and wellness healthcare,” states Mary Jo Ruggieri, president of the school. “Our goal is to change health care from a disease-driven system to one of wellness and prevention.”

For those interested in pursuing a career in the field of holistic health, GLSIM offers four diploma programs: Board Certified Polarity Practitioner, Holistic Health Professional, Holistic Health Bodyworker and Holistic Health Coach. Individual certification courses starting this fall include, Associate Polarity Practitioner, Reiki, Herbal Education and Aromatherapy.

GLSIM also provides the community with an opportunity to experience an energy bodywork session during student clinicals. These session are held on specific Saturday and Monday evenings at a fee of $20 for a 45 minute session. Call the school to inquire about the fall schedule.

GLSIM also hosts the Great Lakes Community Wellness Center which began offering classes in July. The Center offers two free classes every month. Many holistic health classes are also offered at a nominal fee such as Kundalini Yoga, Tai Chi/Qigong, and Managing Stress and Anxiety. September’s free classes are Aromatherapy – It’s More Than Just an Aroma on Tuesday, September 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Healthy Gut, Happy Gut on Saturday, September 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Great Lakes School of Integrative Medicine is located at the corner of Linda Street and Detroit Rd. (19800 Detroit Road, 2nd Floor) in Rocky River. To learn more or to register for a class, call 440-799-8400 or email While our website is being updated, please visit  The Great Lakes School of Integrative Medicine is registered with The State of Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools.

Chrystyna Prochaska, APP, ER

Chrystyna Prochaska is a graduate of the Great Lakes School of Integrative Medicine and is continuing her education in the advanced polarity curriculum. Her current certifications include Elemental Reflexology, Associate Polarity Practitioner, Reiki, and Sound Therapy. 

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:39 PM, 09.01.2015