Worth Knowing: Open Door expanding into space next door

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Open Door in White River Junction is expanding to the space next door as its business and offerings grow. Open since January 2015 and located at 18 North Main Street in White River Junction, Open Door offers all sorts integrated health and wellness services and classes. Among the services offered are acupuncture, massage therapy, mental health counseling, nutritional counseling, personal training, yoga, and physical therapy. Open Door offers classes in mindfulness training, Tai Chi, various martial arts and self-defense, somatics and fitness, and contemporary and modern dance. It also hosts multiple special events and workshops, the subject matter of which is too broad to fully cover here, and works with the community to respond to its needs.

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Founder and Owner Kate Gamble said that Open Door needs the additional space to accommodate the growing number of classes, events, services and of course clients. When the new space is completed, Open Door will have approximately 3,000 square feet to work with. Gamble runs Open Door with co-manager Britton Mann.  (Gamble is pictured with yoga and mindfulness instructor Lisa Varno and painter Elizabeth Cadle in cover photo) They're hoping for an early June opening and will host an open house to introduce the space to the community.

Movement Lab under construction

The new space, immediately next door, will house a Movement Lab, which will be the primary location for personal training, yoga and dance classes. Several additional treatment rooms will be used for massage therapy and body work. Swedish bars, a pulley system and various hanging tools like gymnastics rings and bars will be installed along the walls and ceiling in the main studio to allow for aerial yoga and exercise, TRX training and more. This space will also be used for performances and special events. Elizabeth Cadle, a very talented local artist, is painting the space.

Treatment rooms in new space

The original Open Door space will continue to be used for the more clinical services such as acupuncture, mental health counseling and physical therapy. 

Existing studio space

Existing treatment room

In addition to offering all sorts of services on-site, Open Door works with local schools, organizations and businesses to teach stress-reduction, mindfulness and proper nutritional practices. Open Door also hosts periodic classes, meetings and events that are open to the community on a broad range of topics and often in support of local non-profits. To learn more about Open Door, see its website.

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