WELLSBORO - Emerge Healing Arts Spa, 91 Main Street, second floor, opened to the public Saturday.
Lauralee Soderberg, the spa owner, is trained in the arts of yoga, massage, body treatments including mud wraps, body scrubs, steam therapy and ear candling, all of which will be offered at the spa with several highly trained therapists in individualized and couples formats. Soderberg most recently became a birth doula, which enables her to assist pregnant women with their emotional and physical needs through the birth process.
"Pregnant women are one of my favorite client bases to work with," Soderberg said, noting she has assisted five women so far.
Soderberg said she, and other staff, help them with their breathing techniques, labor positioning, massages and even offers them belly casts, an artistic way for a woman to remember her pregnant body.
Soderberg said the name of the spa comes from the idea of clients a butterfly emerging into their full potential of health and vitality feeling revitalized and a new for life from its cocoon, which is how she hopes her clients feel after individualized treatment at her spa.
"My vision is to empower clients with new tools to assist them on their journeys of holistic health," she said.
Emerge Healing Arts Spa
91 Main?St., Wellsboro
A typical treatment starts with an individualized aroma therapy experience and sea salt foot bath and scrub, which relaxes and soothes one of the most stressed areas of the body, the feet.
One of six different mud therapies she uses is the Dead Sea mud, which is harvested from the ancient waters of the Dead Sea itself.
"This long sought out treatment is known for its mineral rich content of potassium, magnesium, sodium, bromine and calcium, essential minerals for the body's balance," she said.
Dead sea mud is often used to treat various skin ailments such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin rashes and improving medical conditions such as arthritis, bone and cartilage inflammation, rheumatism, stress, fatigue and sleeplessness.
Like all of the body wrap treatments it improves cell metabolism, helps the body absorb nourishment and eliminates toxins and leaves the skin firm, nourished, and deeply hydrated. It is smeared on to the body, following a dry brush exfoliate treatment.
The client is then wrapped for 10 minutes to assist in the body in absorbing its medicinal properties. Therapists then set up a steam tent over the client for five to ten minutes which releases the anti-oxidant and healing properties of the mud wrap, aids in boosting the immune system, and heightens the detoxification process.
Following the wrap and steam treatment and a shower to remove the mud, the client is treated to a full body massage with Ayurvedic healing oils from India, where Soderberg studied.
"Wherever possible we have integrated pure, beneficial and natural products. We want the spa experience to be a pure medicinal experience for our clients," she said.
To end the treatment, Emerge therapists strike Tibetan singing bowl over the feet, mid-section and head, which Soderberg said releases sound waves that also have medicinal properties.
Also available at Emerge Healing Arts Studio are herbal products from Isha Natural Herbal Products, from India including herbal supplements, skin and hair care products. She also sells Arbonne products, which include a detoxification line of skin and hair care.
Emerge Healing Arts and Spa offers free meditation classes if she gets at least 10 students she said on an ongoing bases, and the classes can be set up during the evenings or on the weekend. For more information contact the spa at 360-8180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.