Raton native John Davidson has opened a truly unique business in his home town. After closing his law practice of 33 years, John created the HeartWorks Stress Management Center, located at 243 Cook Avenue in Raton’s historic downtown district. “What people don’t commonly understand,” says John, “ is that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints. Stress is increasingly affecting the health of both children and adults, as well as the cost of doing business today.”
John opened the center last November. Its central program is HeartMath™. “HeartMath’s™ research clearly established that chronic stress produces an excess of cortisol and insulin, which challenge the immune system and create excess weight,” says John. The HeartMath™ program uses a computer-based biofeedback program that can be used at home to learn how to transform the negative emotions that trigger the physical stress reaction. John coaches children and adults one-on-one to help them understand their own stressful patterns and how to change them. “This is an application of the emerging research that recognizes the importance of cultivating heart intelligence,” explains John. The Center also offers HealthRhythms™ for groups. Like the HeartMath™ program, this research-based drumming program reduces employee turnover and burnout and increases employee morale and productivity. Drumming for an hour with a group has also been shown to support the body’s mechanism for destroying cancer cells. Just for fun, John will be forming drumming groups for people who just want to play together.
In addition, the Center offers yoga, meditation, qigong, and cranial-sacral therapy, all recognized as tools for supporting health and emotional balance. “I’ve designed these programs to complement and support each another.” Later in 2007, the center will introduce a music-based auditory stimulation program that addresses learning disabilities, many of which arise from early childhood trauma and stress. John invites you to tour both his website and the Center itself, including the Center’s HeartWorks Collection, a store offering beautiful imports from Peru and other parts of the world. You’ll be surprised what you find.
243 Cook Avenue
Raton, NM 87740