Remaining Clinic Dates and Wrap-up Celebration

September 25, 2017

Dear Open Hands Clients and Friends of Empty Vessels Healing Ministry,

As of November 21, 2017, Open Hands Wellness Clinic will suspend its bimonthly clinic. Empty Vessels Healing Ministry and the clinic are in a period of reorganizing and revisioning for the future.

We will conclude the year with our annual Thanksgiving meal. This will give us the opportunity to celebrate all we have done over the past four years. The Empty Vessels board of directors will continue to meet regularly and revision how we will continue to live out our mission of providing opportunities for healing through hands-on complementary health care and pastoral presence.

We want to thank you for all that you have contributed to the participation of Open Hands Wellness Clinic. We look forward to whatever is to be our next expression of Empty Vessels Healing Ministry.

We hope and pray for your continued well-being and for your participation in Empty Vessels Healing Ministry as we move forward.

Peace and grace to you today and in the days to come,

Rev. Karen Barth

Empty Vessels Healing Ministry

Open Hands Wellness Benefit, Thank you to our Contributors

A big thank you to all who made our May 16, 2017 benefit possible. We  had another successful event where we provided hands-on care to those who attended. Our generous donors provided over $600.00 to help us continue our work.

Host, Faith Community United Church of Christ and especially Carolyn and Butch Brown and Richard and Connie Pearson.

Hands-On Volunteers, Justin Magnuson, LMT; Seema Matthew, Lic.Ac. and Betsy Whittemore, RN, Lic. Ac.

Chair Yoga Instructor Paula Kingsolver

Set-up Movers, Japa Buckner and Greg Bain

Our Silent Auction Contributors

  • Keep in Touch Massage Therapy,  owner Jean-Yves Joret, LMT
  •  Core Fluency Pilates, owner Laura Porter Blackburn
  •  Scissors Rock Paper Salon and Day Spa,  owner Christopher Avery
  •  A Reader’s Corner Bookstore
  •  Nancy’s Bagels
  •  Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire
  •  Karen Barth, Certified Zero Balancer

And all those who attended, received hands-on care and gave generously to help us continue providing free care to those in need.

Thank you to all our contributors.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Non-Discrimination Policy

Empty Vessels Healing Ministry does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, age, disability, gender, national or regional origin, gender identity or sexual orientation. We reserve the right to refuse service based on circumstances   (for example, intoxication of a client or practitioners’ physical limitations) that would restrict our ability to provide service.






Clinic information

An outreach of Empty Vessels Healing Ministry,
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. (December off)
St. John United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall
637 E. Market (Market & Clay), Louisville, KY
Contact us at (502)641-6169 or

 A safe space that gives you time to calm your mind
 Knowledgeable touch that encourages you to meet the stresses and worries of life with ease
 Allowing muscular and physical pain to decrease
 An opportunity to reconnect with your self at all levels

(Or treatments offered in a communal group setting)
With a number of people receiving care in proximity to one another, a greater energy is generated in the room or space. The individual treatment becomes part of the greater whole, and so the benefit is magnified. (This experience is known to all of us from being in church, in an audience for a concert or speech, or even at an informal gathering of friends.)

A session in a community clinic will take around 20-30 minutes. That treatment is enhanced by the presence of the other clients receiving their treatments as well as the presence of the other practitioners. Everyone is in a state of deep relaxation, prayer or meditation.

Each time you arrive you will have the opportunity to experience one of several therapies depending on the practitioners present. All sessions are grounded in a wellness protocol that helps promote the overall wellness of each client. All of our practitioners are licensed or certified.

Please note: As a group, the practitioners hold each client in collective care. You will see different practitioners in your visits to the clinic and receive different styles of care. Rather than a first-come, first-serve basis, we operate on a “triage” basis, so sometimes your wait may be longer than others. In the event you refuse a particular therapy offered you will be placed back into the wait list for that day.

Sanctuary stations are available in the clinic area. If you would like to take some time for quiet personal reflection, guided meditation or prayer during your time at the clinic, you are welcome to use the sanctuary stations.

Seated Yoga is also offered as part of your clinic experience.

PRACTITIONERS are trained in a variety of massage, bodywork and acupuncture styles but each is designed for relaxation and taking you from the “fight or flight” nervous system response to a relaxation response. Most clients find that this also reduces pain and discomfort at both physical and mental levels.

Reported outcomes of acupuncture and bodywork therapies include but are not limited to: better sleep, less anxiety, better coping with stress, less pain both physical and emotional, and an overall sense of well being.

ACUPUNCTURE: The 5 needle ear “NADA” protocol we use is based on an ancient healing practice that is 5000 years old. This simple protocol affects the whole energy system of the body, and thereby the body, mind, and spirit all together. Whether a person is suffering from physical problems or emotional issues, the treatment will be absorbed as needed by each individual.

All clinic sessions are free, provided by volunteer practitioners. We gratefully accept donations to meet the expense of clinic operations. Checks may be made payable to Empty Vessels Healing Ministry. Donations are tax deductible.

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. (December off)
St. John United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall
637 E. Market (Market & Clay), Louisville, KY
Contact us at (502)641-6169 or

Open Hands at Mighty Kindness

We’ll be at the Mighty Kindness Hoot this Saturday, June 11. Check us out on facebook at Open Hands Wellness Clinic

Clinic Days and Times

Open Hands Wellness Clinic is open. 10 a.m. – noon every second and fourth Tuesday each month except December.  St. John UCC Fellowship Hall, 637 W. Market, Louisville, KY, Parking lot behind church off Clay Street. 502-641-6169

2016 Weather Closing Policy

If Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are closed then the clinic is closed. If the weather is bad and schools are open, the clinic may be closed. In that case, please check this site or call 502-641-6169 to see if the clinic is closed.

Wellness Wednesdays: A New Opportunity at Empty Vessels!

Wellness Wednesdays
Wellness Spirituality for Body, Mind and Spirit

Beginning January 27, 2016

A Joint Offering of Empty Vessels Healing Ministry and Christ Church UCC

Wednesday Evenings, 7-9 pm, 2-3 meetings per month

Christ Church UCC
Highlands Community Ministry Campus
1228 Breckinridge Street
Louisville, KY 40205

Small group spiritual discernment for enhanced wellness. Together we will listen for the leading of the spirit concerning our greatest wellness.

Contact: Rev. Karen Barth