Shift Center relocates health services facility




The Shift Center recently experienced a shift of its own.

On Monday, owner Kriz Retsema finished moving the health services facility to its new location at 633 Briar Hill Drive.

The move from the former location at 309 E. Walnut St., where Retsema opened the Shift Center in April 2010, took place because the former location is under new ownership.

Retsema will continue to offer massage therapy services to patients undergoing treatment for cancer and other needs at the new location

"We still do the emotional freedom techniques, and we still do reiki, which is an energy technique, so all of our hands-on to talk therapies are still being done, full swing, just in this new location," Retsema said. "The salon will be staying and at this time, the American Cancer Society loan closet, that is wigs and bras and prostheses, for women who are undergoing chemotherapy, cancer treatment of any kind, will also be staying at the old location."

Retsema and her mother, Judith Retsema, finished moving into the new location Monday. The house, with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half-baths, was built in 1968. Retsema said they had some renovation work done prior to moving in.

"The contractors just finished Friday. They repainted, they repaired all the walls ... put in the new bathroom," she said, referring to the basement, where her massage therapy beds are set up.

"What we're doing here is massage therapy, many different specialties. We do therapeutic, medical, oncology massage. I'm also a certified lymphedema therapist, which is for women who have had cancer and have arm swelling or men who have had cancer and have leg swelling, due to prostate," Retsema said, adding that she also provides Swedish massage, sports massage and deep tissue massage.

Retsema decorated the space herself, with such unique items as a Native American drum and a Chinese gong, and lined a built-in shelf with books and other types of spiritually-inspired material.

The Shift Center — which is an acronym for Support Health and Inspiration For Transformations — is aimed at being a warmer, more inviting atmosphere than the typical clinical setting for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

"My primary reason for starting was for cancer patients, because at the time, I was over at the Cancer Center and I was a nationally certified massage therapist, and I wanted to get back into doing my hands-on work instead of my book work," she said.

The Shift Center also provides a program called Women's Health Energizing Empowerment (WHEE), a series designed to provide women with cancer services that empower a sense of well-being within themselves, create a safe place to explore feelings of hope, healing and expression, provide educational tools and help renew cooperation between the medical community and complementary professionals, according to the center.

Her mother, Judith, also provides services of a holistic nature at the Shift Center. She is a transformation coach, reiki master and provides pastoral care.

"I sit down, talk and listen (to clients) and then we make plans and strategies and work on them," Judith Retsema said, adding that those plans and strategies are arrived at based on each individual she sees.

When asked if she thought the new location was better, Judith said, "Not better, just different."

Prior to moving, Retsema and her mother held a sale in which they sold items they couldn't move.

"We had a lot of my things, that I didn't need anymore or use — my mom's things from when she moved here because when we consolidated, she had stuff, I had stuff, the Shift Center had stuff, and so I just called it an estate sale. It was some of everybody's," Kriz said.

Items they didn't sell are going to some local nonprofit organizations.

For more information about the Shift Center and the services it provides, call 290-0507 or visit

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