by virginia gil | January 4, 2013 | Lifestyle
Holistic health guru Etti Oriya.
When struggling with challenges in life, sometimes the mental and physical are intertwined. “People want to feel better, but their pipes are corroded,” explains Dr. Etti Oriya, an Israeliborn detox doctor who has specialized in holistic health in South Florida for nearly a decade. Dr. Etti, as she’s also known, helps people find their “authentic self” through customized juice cleanses intended to reawaken the mind and body. “Once my clients feel good, they think clearly and feel empowered,” she attests.
After nine years of coaching students through a body-cleansing program that she’s dubbed Sexi Juicing, Oriya and fiancé Joseph Drabkin, a veteran martial arts instructor, have combined forces for Oriya’s Wellness Center & Miami Martial Arts Academy. The 3,900-square-foot wellness center integrates Oriya’s cleansing and nutrition practice with the “peaceful warrior” principles of martial arts to provide a total mind-body experience. “Health is not an absence of disease, so we need a toolbox of different things to achieve it,” she says. Oriya’s philosophy on wellness involves bringing the body to homeostasis through primary and secondary sources of nutrition. “Your primary foods are your vocation, spirituality, relationships, and movement; your second source of nutrition is food.” When the two are in synergy, then people can find balance.
At Drabkin’s urging, Oriya put her practice down on paper, writing a manual by the same name as her wellness center, something she never considered doing before now. Referring to one of the three doshas b ased i n a yurveda, t he a ncient Hindu science of health and medicine, Oriya says, “I’m very Vata: light, changing, resistant to an anchor and doing the same thing over and over again. It served me because my juicers came back many times for a different experience.” She hopes that creating a manual will provide people with a guide so that they can stick to a healthier, holistic lifestyle.
In addition to juicing, the center provides students with mixed martial arts classes, tai chi, kickboxing, yoga, power stretching, and Oriya’s dance movement, a product of many years spent studying and working as a dance therapist. “My class incorporates lots of different movements—yoga, belly dancing, Zumba, energy movements— and affirmations for a kind of therapy in motion,” she says. More than half of the wellness space will be dedicated to three state-of-the-art treatment rooms designed for healing therapies, such as colonics, infrared saunas, vibration therapy, and lymphatic massages, which complement Oriya’s detoxification program. The center is open to children as young as 4 and adults of any age. In development is a special male-oriented detox program that combines protein smoothies with hour-long martial arts training for men apprehensive about cleanses. Brides-to-be, seniors, and families will also find specialized courses, though like her personal welfare, it remains a work in progress. “Sometimes I feel like I’m there, but [the work] never stops,” Oriya says. “I’m still evolving.”
photography by kelly west photography