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Holistic treatments, tea in downtown Westport

Arogya offers holistic treatments, tea in downtown Westport

Photo by Autumn Driscoll

Gregor and Wei Bertram pose for a photo among some of their products at Arogya Holistic Healing Center in Westport, Conn.

The strength of Arogya -- a center for holistic healing, yoga and tea -- stems from a focus on philosophy over growth for profit.

"It's better to know what made you a success," said owner Wei Bertram, whose expertise from -- and connections with -- her native China bring Arogya unique retail opportunities from both its product imports and her own creativity.

"You have to have a culture of what you stand for," she said, and remember what drove you when you were small and starting out.

Centrally located downtown in Westport for over 15 years, Arogya, a Sanskrit word meaning "whole health," offers both healing and preventative Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and massage therapy. Simultaneously there's an inviting retail store in front that features unique artisan teas, herbs, skin care and other products.

"Wei is legitimate," he said. "She has this kind of wisdom and yet she's so contemporary," explained her husband and business partner, Gregor Bertram, an acupuncturist.

On her buying trips to China, Wei has developed strong relationships with the growers themselves, and has an extensive knowledge of the product.

Gregor extols the value of being centered in Westport, where a sophisticated clientele understands the value of investing in their own well-being. Along with the New York City influence, he said, many locals travel to China and have some firsthand knowledge of eastern medicine.

For Amy Nessel of Fairfield, the nurturing qualities of Arogya have, for four years, carried her through a difficult period involving recovery from stage four breast cancer. Originally a chance visitor through a gift certificate, she has since done weekly acupuncture treatment with Gregor.

"I am doing as well as I'm doing because he helps my body stay strong for treatment," she said.

Nessel, who calls Arogya a "complete part of my solution," partakes in the product lines as well, including tea. "It's a gift to myself," she said.

"I'm truly passionate about Chinese medicine," Wei said. "I live according to that principle and lifestyle."

Arogya, 131 Post Rd East, Westport; 203-226-2682; http://www.arogya.net/.

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @JarretLiotta.

Jarret Liotta

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