Zaniya Center Brings Wellness Practices to All

owner Carla Cooper believes that wellness is not only physical but mental as well

RESET. The ReVibe Chair allows for brain entertainment.
RESET. The ReVibe Chair allows for brain entertainment.

At one point or another, we all get that ache in our back or our shoulders, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? The Zaniya Center specializes in finding your “why” and solving the root of the problem through different forms of service.

Carla Cooper, owner of The Zaniya Center in Chippewa Falls, offers massages and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) as well as Float Therapy to ease discomfort in the body, but she also offers so much more. “Zaniya” means “health and wellness” in Lakota, and Cooper strives for total wellness with all of her programs.

“I believe our society has become so busy and so stressed that we’ve forgotten what it feels like to not have stress and to not be so much in our heads,” Cooper said. “I provide a space to let that go and let the mumbo jumbo in the head just dissipate and come back to your center and truth.”

She offers Float Therapy, where you float in a 30% Epsom saltwater solution. The Float room – along with a zero gravity environment – creates almost complete sensory deprivation, allowing your neurological system to slow down as well as allowing your muscles and joints to completely relax. Float therapy can benefit people with anxiety, depression, PTSD, arthritis, migraines, and more. When paired with the ReVibe chair, complete relaxation can be easily achieved.

“I provide a space to let the mumbo jumbo in the head just dissipate.” –Carla Cooper, The Zaniya Center

“It’s not a one and done thing,” Cooper said about Float Therapy. “Which is really beautiful for each individual to watch subtle changes in their lives that they don’t notice until they look back.”

The ReVibe Chair, another popular Zaniya offering, is a zero-gravity experience where you can listen to music or guided meditation. Just 10 minutes on the ReVibe chair can make a world of difference when it comes to those who suffer from high stress, PTSD, or if you need help achieving different life goals.

A new service now being offered is the Halo-IR, an infrared sauna cabin that releases tiny salt particles which is great for respiratory issues like allergies, COVID-19 lung complications, asthma, sinus congestion and inflammation, COPD, etc. You can enjoy the IR Sauna and the Halotherapy together or separately, depending on your needs.

HERE FOR YOU. Owner Carla Cooper (left) and Wellness Coordinator Katy Larson (right).
HERE FOR YOU. Owner Carla Cooper (left) and Wellness Coordinator Katy Larson (right).

Then, of course, Cooper offers massages with her homemade massage oil and other types of massage therapy. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and is approved through VA insurance to provide treatments for veterans. A new therapist will be joining The Zaniya Center this summer.

Every new person that goes to Zaniya receives a free 30-minute consultation so that you and Carla can get to know each other better and to figure out together which service(s) may be best for you and your goals.

“My intake process goes deeper than your average intake,” Copper said. “We sit down and talk, and I just really want to get to know the person and where they were in the past and where they want to go.”

Cooper’s journey into the wellness community was a rather abrupt one. Her son was unofficially diagnosed with a social disorder at the age of 3, and she found that massage was one of the only things that could truly calm him. After working for 15 years in corporate America, Cooper knew that going to massage school would make her feel more fulfilled, so two days later she registered for classes. 

“I started with massage only,” Cooper said. “Then I had a lot of people coming back to me with the same issues and I was pretty confident that I was doing right, so I started asking questions and attributed a lot of muscle strain, headaches, and back pain with external stress. So I started looking for other things that could help de-stress or help change our relationship with stress.”

The Zaniya Center soon will be moving to a new building in Chippewa Falls near Lake Wissota. Cooper is hoping that this new space will open up Zaniya’s accessibility and allow her to continue to expand her horizons in the wellness world. The new space will likely be up and running by 2023. 

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