Wellness blooms in Hartford at Lotus Be Well
Open for Friday’s Midnight Madness

By Eileen Mozinski Schmidt - Special to Conley Media

Dec. 12, 2018

 Trish Hoehn, founder and executive director of Lotus Be Well in downtown Hartford. The wellness spa, vitality health club, and holistic therapy center has been located in Hartford for three years.
Eileen Schmidt/Special to Conley Media

HARTFORD — Health of the mind, body and spirit are some of the goals at Lotus Be Well.

The business has been a presence in downtown Hartford for three years, drawing clients from around southeast Wisconsin and the Chicago area, according to its owner.

“We’re a welcoming, wonderful community. We get really good results,” said Trish Hoehn, founder and executive director of the Lotus Be Well Association.

Hoehn is an occupational therapist and BioEnergetic specialist, the latter a field she began exploring as she completed her own healing from cancer.

Her work eventually led to the creation of Lotus Be Well, which opened in October of 2015.

Billing itself a wellness spa, vitality health club, and holistic therapy center, Lotus Be Well offers professional wellness services and self-serve therapies centered on energy, detoxification, beauty, pain and stress relief. It also includes an organic chocolate, tea and coffee bar, according to the center’s literature.

Lotus Be Well is a wellness center structured as a private member association, Hoehn said.

“People join like they would a health club. There’s a one-time $20 fee and then they are considered a member for life, entitled to book services with our practitioners,” Hoehn said.

Lotus Be Well includes practitioners offering various services like acupuncture and sound therapy. The self-serve therapies, which have an average price of $15, include an aromatherapy oxygen bar and multi-sensory power naps, among others.

 The aromatherapy oxygen bar at Lotus Be Well.
Eileen Schmidt/Special to Conley Media

Blending East and West

Hoehn is a provider of BioEnergetic testing, seeking to “blend Eastern philosophy with Western health technology” according to Lotus Be Well’s printed materials.

“I use a computerized system to tap into a body’s energy field,” she said, describing the technology as “similar to a biofeedback device.” The results of this, along with heart rate variability testing and information gained through an extensive discussion of health history, concerns and goals, helps to discover the root causes of imbalances in the system. Hoehn advises on optimal dietary and lifestyle changes and develops a customized protocol utilizing the various self-serve therapies at Lotus Be Well.

Hoehn said, “A big part of the custom protocols is the use of bioelectrical therapy to break up pain signals, stimulate healing, and decrease stress.”

Members of Lotus Be Well include both those who feel they are not getting the results hoped for elsewhere and some looking to complement other medical treatment.

Some “want to do a more integrated approach and add something more holistic into their plan,” Hoehn said. “It’s such a nice community of members. It’s a beautiful environment to spend time in, very restorative.

“Even walking through the door, you can feel the stress relief.”

The center’s practitioners also offer therapies to help members achieve their desired results, according to Hoehn.

“We have lots of recommended things you can do at your own home and within your own communities,” she said.

Hoehn said downtown Hartford, where Lotus Be Well currently occupies 2,000 square feet of space on Main Street, seemed the right fit for the wellness center.

“It’s a beautiful downtown, and the community of business owners is very welcoming,” she said, adding that a lot of development is happening in the area to build on what was already “a great core” downtown, including the businesses, Jack Russell Memorial Library and the Schauer Arts Center.

“We wanted to be part of it,” she said.

Midnight Madness in downtown Hartford

Downtown Hartford hosts Midnight Madness from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday. The event includes in-store specials and live entertainment, according to the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Also at Midnight Madness:

■ Visit Santa in the Link Building, 33 N. Main St., from 4 to 7 p.m.

■ Vendors in the Link Building.

■ Horse-drawn wagon rides from 6 to 9 p.m., boarding at the Westphal Mansion or Wisconsin and Main Street. Rides are free with donation to the Hartford Food Pantry. For more information, call 262-673-7002 or visit www.HartfordChamber.org.