Father and son combine their talents

Published 7:49 pm Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Suffolk father and son have teamed up to bring to the area the best of both sides of health — preventative and rehabilitative.

Johnnie and Korrie Mapp have combined their talents to open Organic Ergonomics, which held a ribbon cutting Sept. 9 at its new location, 1712 Wilroy Road.

“Jobs and life put stress on your body and can make it much more difficult to perform a job or enjoy life,” Johnnie Mapp said. “We’re here to mitigate possible injuries and also to help fix any damage that’s already been done.”


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Johnnie Mapp is in charge of the rehabilitation part of the business. He holds a doctorate degree in accounting, and taught at Norfolk State University for 25 years before he decided to pursue something in the health field, a long-time interest. He took classes at Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment and became certified in reflexology, an alternative medicine focusing on how to apply pressure to certain parts of the body to affect other parts.

“It’s based on the idea that your body can heal itself if you allow it to relax,” Johnnie Mapp said. “Some results are increased blood circulation and the elimination of waste.”

His son, Korrie, has two master’s degrees; one from the University of Virginia in a health management major and another from Harvard University in ergonomics.

“He focuses on evaluating a person’s activities and suggests improvements to mitigate possible injuries,” Johnnie Mapp said. “It’s particularly relevant for many baby boomers who are coming out of retirement to go back to work to make both ends meet.”

Reiki, the transference of healing energy through the palms, is another service offered.

A meditation garden, chiropractic services and community workshops are additions that customers can look for in the future.

For more information, visit www.organicergonomics.com.