Gene Hamilton, founder of Peconic River Healing Center on East Main Street., outside the holistic healing center. Photo: Peter Blasl

A new holistic healing center is opening on East Main Street today.

Peconic Healing Center will open its doors in the former Peconic River Salt location at 125 E. Main St. and proprietor Gene Hamilton couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities.

Hamilton, a licensed massage therapist and certified EFT (emotional freedom technique) practitioner had been on the board of directors of the nonprofit Joshua’s Place, which opened Peconic River Salt in August 2017. He resigned from the board shortly afterward, he said in an interview last week.

“Peconic Healing Center is taking a truly holistic approach to health, wellness and serving the community,” Hamilton said.

He’s tapping his network of 34 years of being a massage therapist, connecting with people from Montauk to Manhattan — “a huge sphere of people I’ve worked with,” he says — to build a group of professionals “of very high integrity, phenomenal energy and purpose of life” that will bring healing and wellness to all who come to the center for services, he said.

“Everyone is bringing an incredibly pure intention of mind, body and spirit,” Hamilton said.

Peconic Healing Center will feature the salt cave and flotation pods offered by Peconic River Salt. But it will offer clients more: massage therapy, meditation and yoga classes — including classes for kids — reiki circles and Qiqung. Hamilton has leased space on the second floor — he calls it “the upper room” for some of the classes.

Though he grew up in Quiogue, where he still makes his home today, Hamilton, 53, has ties to Riverhead stretching back to his early childhood days. His mother Leila Hamilton was a teacher at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School and he went to St. David’s preschool as a tot. His father lived in the Wildwood Lake community and he spent lots of time there as a child.

“The backdrop of my life in my formative years was Riverhead,” Hamilton said. “It was the canvas. It feels like home. So, Like a striped bass or alewife, I’m back,” he said with a grin.

Peconic Healing Center’s mission is to “improve the mind body and spirit of everybody living on the East End and anybody passing through it,” Hamilton said.

“Who doesn’t need to improve their health and wellness?” he asks.

Hamilton said he’s hoping to have the center open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

The center will open its doors this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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