My Aiken Body Restorative Massage, which opened its doors on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken in August 2011, is growing quickly as integrative medicine has grown in popularity.


Integrative medicine “combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative medicinal therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness,” according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


My Aiken Body started as a one-therapist operation and has since grown to employ three full-time therapists, with a fourth starting this month, according to Kristen Sojourner, licensed massage therapist and owner of My Aiken Body.


The mission of My Aiken Body is to promote massage therapy as an integrated part of a healthy lifestyle, she said.


Sojourner will host an Integrative Health and Wellness Solutions Seminar Sunday at 2 p.m. titled “Call it Pampering, but Massage is Medicine.” The seminar will be held at the Village Health and Wellness Center, 440 Society Hill Drive.


Sojourner describes her experience in coming from Boulder, Colo., to Aiken: “Colorado has the lowest incidence of obesity in the country. Integrative therapies are a mainstay. It is the land of the fit and healthy. I saw this trend coming this way. People here are tired of being overweight, in pain, debilitated, riddled with cancer and disease and conventional medicine doesn’t have enough to offer. The cure starts in ourselves and our lifestyle choices.”


Sojourner has a lot to be excited about. She just received the SCORE Foundation and Sam’s Club Holiday Giving Grant, which included a $1,000 gift card to be used toward her expanding business and an all-expense paid trip to a SCORE Foundation Conference this month.


For more information on the upcoming seminar, call the Village Health and Wellness Center at 617-0876 or My Aiken Body at 761-1127. For more information on the daily services offered by My Aiken Body Restorative Massage, visit www.myaikenbody.com.