SOUTH PORTLAND — Celebrating its grand opening this month, Arbor Vitae Wellness is the creation of two passionate therapeutic massage therapists who’re wanting ahead to working with shoppers by way of stress, trauma and different maladies.
Arbor Vitae Wellness, now open on the plaza at 146 Ocean St., throughout the identical area as Oceanpoint Acupuncture, is trying to serve the neighborhood by way of therapeutic massage, meditation and somatic therapeutic, the web site stated.
House owners Zebulun Browne and Samantha Mackenzie are licensed therapeutic massage therapists, they stated. Browne can also be a nature connection mentor and NIASZIIH healer, and Mackenzie is an authorized yoga teacher, well being educator and NIASZIIH pupil.
Relevant with non-communicable ailments like most cancers, auto-immune and coronary heart ailments, NIASZIIH therapeutic is an integrative hands-on strategy, working with your complete physique, the bodily, energetic and religious, stated Arbor Vitae Wellness’s web site.
Mackenzie’s curiosity in therapeutic massage remedy and therapeutic got here from an apprenticeship she had in her late teenagers, she stated.
“My dad’s from Maine and my mother’s from California, so I’ve been on each coasts, and that’s how I ended up again right here,” she stated. “I apprenticed for a Native American healer once I was 19, and she or he was the one who actually inspired me to go to therapeutic massage college. I by no means thought I’d be a therapeutic massage therapist. However ever since then I’ve been within the well being and wellness subject, and I labored at well being retreat facilities in California, in Norway and in Germany, and now we’re lastly opening our personal enterprise.”
Browne stated that he has a background in out of doors schooling, which naturally mixes with therapeutic work. He’s been practising therapeutic massage remedy since 2014, and he and Mackenzie, just lately engaged, have identified one another for 5 years.
“As our lives have come collectively we’ve actually been in a position to deliver our ardour for well being and wellness collectively, and that’s why we determined to open up Arbor Vitae Wellness,” he stated.
The 2 stated that they really feel assured in giving shoppers nice companies whereas adhering to strict COVID-19 pointers on high of the hygiene laws already in place within the therapeutic massage business.
“We have been working nearer to Kittery at a resort for the final couple of years,” Mackenzie stated. “It simply didn’t really feel good to return to the spa world with COVID-19. In a method it’s actually created a singular alternative. Numerous wellness and message practices have gone out of enterprise, and we’re simply seeing this big demand from people who find themselves wanting physique work, who’re wanting therapeutic work, stress reduction, you realize? Attempting to navigate by way of the entire unknown. It does appear loopy to attempt to open a enterprise proper now and we’ve had an enormous demand from individuals who need the companies we will present.”
The spot on Ocean Road that the brand new enterprise house owners have discovered fits their wants effectively, Browne stated. With the neighboring South Portland Bus Transit Hub, accessibility is straightforward.
Mackenzie added that they’re blissful about sharing a plaza with different wellness and therapeutic companies.
“There’s a yoga studio subsequent door as effectively, the Respiratory Room, and we’re beginning meditation lessons for him after the primary of the 12 months, and I’ll be doing motion lessons subsequent door as effectively,” Mackenzie stated. “It’s a pleasant crossover. This little plaza right here is admittedly form of was a wellness plaza. It’s form of cool to have everyone right here, after which the park as effectively. We’re wanting ahead to utilizing that area.”
The neighborhood alongside Ocean Road has been pleasant and welcoming, she stated.
“This can be a candy little space,” Mackenzie stated. “We’re working simply throughout the road with the paint retailer, getting lunch on the Italian bakery, obtained some work from the consignment store. It looks as if it’s a very nice little neighborhood on this a part of the peninsula. It’s actually great to have the park throughout the road to have the ability to stroll and use that area.”
When the climate will get nicer, Arbor Vitae Wellness will provide meditation lessons outdoors, Browne stated.
“We’ve felt assured in going ahead,” he stated. “The suggestions’s been optimistic. I feel folks have discovered that simply due to how COVID-19 has been affecting their lives, the added stress everybody’s experiencing due to that, they’re actually discovering the profit in one thing like therapeutic massage remedy.”
Arbor Vitae Wellness is providing a particular promotion for brand new shoppers, the house owners stated. New shoppers can obtain $10 off of their first session. The 2 therapists provide a wide range of packages to serve completely different wellness wants.
Extra info may be discovered at arborvitaewellnessme.com. Folks may also go to the enterprise’s Fb, @arborvitaeme, and Instagram pages, @arborvitaewellnessme.