Scottsdale business seeks donations for those living with PTSD

The ZONE co-founders Chris Arians and Barbara Saint John (submitted photo)

The ZONE co-founders Chris Arians and Barbara Saint John (submitted photo)

The Zone in Scottsdale is looking for businesses that care about local veterans and want to help these men and women who may be dealing with grief or stress after returning from duty.

For each donation of $299, a veteran will receive three one-hour-long sessions in “The Pod,” as well as one-on-one time with grief specialist Barbara Saint John, which can help the veteran on the path of healing through relaxation, focus, and concentration, according to a press release.

The first business to pledge its support and donate sessions to veterans in need is Aligned Healthcare Network, a healthcare company which will formally launch in the coming months.

“We have several veterans working for us here at Aligned Healthcare Network, myself included, and we care deeply for the veteran community’s needs,” stated Grant Siders, founder and CEO of Aligned Healthcare Network, in the release. “We know firsthand that life can be challenging and often isolating after a return from service, and The ZONE can help our brothers and sisters get some relief from that internal struggle.”

The ZONE is a sensory stimulation chamber that removes outside distractions and engulfs one’s body with positive energy through light, music, vibration and guided imagery to assist in dealing with grief and improving one’s focus. Techniques learned at The Zone can help visitors to achieve a sense of relaxation in spite of worry, anxiety and fear, the release stated.

“Veterans are extremely important to us here at The ZONE, and we can tailor sessions specifically for any person’s specific needs, whether it be grief, stress, or something else,” stated Barbara Saint John, co-founder of The Zone and certified grief specialist, in the release. “Visitors receive guidance on how to make this journey as constructive and cathartic as possible.”

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects about 7.7 million Americans adults, according to the National Institute of Health, and members of the military exposed to war are at high risk for developing PTSD. Most people have some stress-related reactions after a traumatic event, but if those reactions don’t subside or get worse, that person may have PTSD, the release stated.

Businesses interested in donating or learning more about the program to help local Veterans receive free sessions can call 480-729-6228 and should ask for Barbara.

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