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Health care in our country has over the years become very specialized. There are many blessings to this movement, for example your cardiologist can educate themselves into more and deeper knowledge about the heart and how it functions than ever before. There are however, downsides to this specialization though as well. One such downside is that we are often reduced to a very mechanist viewpoint in our treatments. Just the parts that are not working are treated, similar to how an automobile mechanic works on your car. Even though mechanics can attest to how complex cars are these days, automobile systems still do not come anywhere close to the intricacies of the human body. We as human beings are so much more than just the sum of our parts.
Luckily, over the decades, this understanding has been making it's way into awareness of the mainstream. The explosion in organic food sales gives testimony to the fact that people understand what they eat has effects on disease prevention, healing from illness and the health of our planet. Complementary medicine including chiropractic and acupuncture support allopathic treatments. Yoga studios have sprung up virtually everywhere. The concept of body, mind and spirit is thriving. But what does it really mean?
For us at Body Mind Spirit, it means that we want to take care of your body in terms of beautification with as natural and organic products as we can. We want your time with us not to just be a haircut, but an experience where you can relax and choose options to support your mental and spiritual well-being such as our paraffin hand waxes with your choice of three flower essence and gem elixir combinations. We want your pedicures to not only give you pretty feet, but to offer a nurturing, soothing and aromatic experience. As this salon /spa has always been named Body Mind Spirit, we feel that we wish to continue to delve further into the support of the mind and spirit aspects. Which is also why Reiki sessions are now available for booking.
Two months ago, we talked about the concept of body burden. Last month we
discussed regulations and oversight concerning the use of chemicals in the
cosmetic industry. This month we'll go a little further into the concept
of Body Burden and thinking about its implications for you.
If Body Burden is the total amount/accumulation of chemicals that are in
your body, what exactly does that mean for the individual? Given that this
concept is not taken into account in assessing the risk of chemicals
introduced in our lives, it follows logically that one might want to
reflect on just how much exposure they feel comfortable with. In other
words, where can you reduce the use of chemicals without compromising your
entire lifestyle? Maybe you are someone who is willing and is in a
position to do so. If so, forge ahead! If not, know that every little bit
you do does have impact on your well-being.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of chemicals in your life has
to do with your cleaning products. Many people manage exceptionally clean
homes by simply using baking soda and vinegar. If that is too daunting,
then there are many natural and organic cleaning product lines. Don't be
fooled by products that just add lavender and then claim to be natural.
The term for this misleading form of advertising is called "green
washing". Adding natural substances does not negate possible toxins.
The other area where you can reduce your Body Burden is your personal care
products. Take a look at the ingredients on your soaps, lotions and
shampoos. If you cannot pronounce or do not know what half the ingredients
are, perhaps it is time to consider a different product. Also remember to
take into account that any product with "fragrance" added could potentially
harbor any number of chemicals due to disclosure laws (see July blog).
And of course there are the beauty products which are used at your salon.
We at Body Mind Spirit are doing our best to make that part easier for
you. We work hard to find the balance between product performance and its
impact on one's health. Why do we do this? Just look to our motto -
Because It Matters. If you feel good on the inside, it will be reflected
on your outward appearance. Book an appointment with us and we think you
will be pleased you did.
Last month we talked about how little oversight the FDA has on the beauty industry. There are rules and regulations in place designed to protect and inform consumers. The laws overseeing the labeling of cosmetics are some of those. But other than these regulations, not much has changed since the laws regarding cosmetics were instituted nearly 80 years ago.
The last 50 years have seen an explosion in the field of chemical technology which has been reflected in the cosmetic industry. Companies are now able to manufacture products that can have a very long shelf life and are able to stay stable under all kinds of temperature variations (important for shipping long distances for bigger markets.) In addition, chemical technology allows companies to manufacture products that produce good results while also bringing production costs down.
What concerns many people however, is that concepts such as Body Burden (talked about in last month's blog) are not taken into consideration in product testing. Comparing the United States’ regulations to Europe's is also disconcerting. Europe's list of chemicals banned for use in cosmetics is forty-four pages long. In comparison, the United States’ list is only one page.
Which is why, we at Body Mind Spirit are committed to our continuing education and research in finding high quality, high performance products which we feel comfortable using for ourselves and our customers.
July 2017 - Body Burden
What does Body Burden mean? This is a term that represents the total amount/accumulation of toxins in one's body. These days, it is a good idea to pay attention to one's body burden. People come in contact with chemicals frequently and some unknowingly in our daily routines. Any place we can reduce that exposure is sound logic.
This makes sense especially once one learns that the FDA does very little testing of the safety of the 80,000 chemicals that are permitted for use in the United States. In the beauty industry, the oversight is even less.
With the exception of color additives, cosmetic products do not need FDA approval before they become available for sale. There is also the "fragrance loophole" using the excuse of protecting trade secrets allows for companies to put any number of chemicals in their "fragrance" without consumers knowing what they are.
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We at Body Mind Spirit are working hard to educate ourselves and find the most effective and healthy choices, not only for you but also for us and the environment. Thank you for your patronage.
As a product conscious salon, the staff are continuously working very hard to learn about the different toxins that can be found in the products and to find solutions that meet with the high standards of performance, cost effectiveness and safety.
Now, Body Mind Spirit requirements for hair products include ammonia free, paraben free, sulfate free and PPD free. The products must be as naturally and organically derived as possible utilizing ingredients that are raised or harvested using ecologically aware practices. The product lines must never use animal testing and meet with PETA approval. Some are gluten free, come in recycled packaging and can fit a tight budget nicely.
This same philosophy is carried through to our makeup and facial products. More to come on that!
For now, check out the links to our newest lineup.
May 2017 - Vision
The last entry described Body Mind Spirit's path to the present and how it came to be. This entry will explain the goals for Body Mind Spirit as the salon/spa evolves and develops into its new incarnation the present owners and employees envision.
Striving to be a salon/spa where the consumer can be confident the products used are better for them and the environment, while simultaneously using what works well for the client as well as their pocketbook is the goal and the bigger vision. The tag line – “Because it matters" is an important reminder thought about on a daily basis. Adding Body Mind Spirit handmade products and increasing these offerings through services is another part of the vision.
Customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal of many service orientated businesses and that plays out in several ways at Body Mind Spirit. Making sure the customer experience is at the highest quality is paramount. If it is not right – it needs to be made right. That is the commitment.
Education is also important. Staff continues to learn new techniques and styles as well as learning about healthier products and passing this knowledge on to customers.
Customers need to understand why it matters what they use on their hair and skin on all levels from their own personal health to that of the general population.
And lastly, Body Mind Spirit wishes to be a community minded local business that talented, caring and forward thinking artists and technicians offer their enthusiasm, skill and personality to all who come through the door.
April 2017 - How It Started
Body Mind Spirit Day Spa began 13 years ago with the previous owner’s vision. That vision was created out of her own personal experiences with products that affected her skin as she worked. The goal was to offer services with products that had fewer physical impacts on her, her staff and her clients while still ensuring the highest standard of customer satisfaction. Subsequently, Body Mind Spirit was opened in order to combine a high level of talent with high quality products.
Body Mind Spirit Salon and Day Spa’s new owners started as clients because of their concerns about the toxicity of many of the chemicals used in the salon/spa industry. Their backgrounds included many years of family members living with allergies, environmental illnesses and multiple chemical sensitivities. Having been educated in healthy lifestyles throughout their lives, they became aware of the desire to share this important information with others. When Body Mind Spirit became available for sale, the new owners not only wanted to make certain that the spa remained open but continued on the path in its intention to be a place that offered conscious, informed beauty and care for all its clients.
Amazing in every aspect
First off what a beautiful salon and good location. I have been going to the same hair dresser for 10 years now. I have always have a difficult time finding a hair dresser that listens to what I want and to what I need. Today I tried a new stylist as I need some change in my life. I am pleased to say that Liz was amazing! She took the time to listen to what I want, she also made sure that my hair did not over process as it has a tendency to due so. Liz gave me the most beautiful highlights. They look so natural and my hair is in great condition. Thank you so much! See you in 6-8 weeks
I started going about a year ago to Body, Mind, Spirit Salon and Day Spa. I did some research before going as I was looking for a clean and sanitary place to get my nails done as well as a place that offered more natural products. It also came highly recommend by a friend. I first had a facial- which was relaxing and produced great results for my skin. I also have had numerous manicures and pedicures which were relaxing as well. Chelsea cuts and colors my hair as well as cutting my 4 year old daughter's hair- she does an amazing job! I'm super picky about choosing a place that is cleanly and professional. Highly recommend this salon!!!
High quality service,professional and friendly
I have been going to Body Mind Spirit for years! Everyone who works at the Spa provides high quality service and demonstrates a genuine love for their profession!! Just a few weeks ago, Hanna and Jessica did hair and makeup for my son's wedding! They were fabulous! Their professionalism,calm demeanor and warm support for all the ladies(8 bridesmaids, MOG and bride) made for a fun, stress-free day!! You are truly the best!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Incredible quality and service
I love this salon. Extremely friendly environment, I feel like part of the family when I'm there. My hair cuts are perfect and my hair is better than ever. That's all thanks to Tony. I would recommend this place to anyone and I do.
The ABSOLUTE best!
I have been going to the spa since it opened many years ago. Jessica has always exceeded my expectations at every appointment! She and Kerri traveled to NH to do hair and make up at my wedding. They played a huge party in making that day special (and more beautiful!). Jessica and Hannah will now be the beauty team at my brothers wedding. If you are looking for high quality services in a tranquil and serene environment, than this is the place for you! I can not recommend Body Mind Spirit enough! They are the BEST!
I drive from Hubbardston to Groton to get my hair done every 6 weeks during some of the worst traffic and weather and I would drive further if I had to. I LOVE MY HAIR! I could not say that until now. And if that is not enough, the talent and the skills are more than i can say the staff are so attentive and friendly. They make you feel like your the only client they have. Go there once...you will never go anywhere else
Top Notch Experience!
This salon truly has the right combination of professionalism & expertise while making sure you walk away with an overall fantastic experience. Jess does an amazing cut and color and Tony always makes time to say hello and make you feel right at home. I highly recommend!
Love this place! An escape from everyday stress, so wonderful to enter the calm atmosphere and be welcomed by the friendly staff. Kerri does a terrific job on my thick curly hair and Jess provides a relaxing, beautiful mani and pedi.
Love my haircut!
Kerri cuts the best hair! For the first time in my life this "curly girl" actually has a cute cut! The entire staff at Body Mind Spirit is always welcoming, friendly and helpful. I can't imagine going anywhere else!
Awesome as Always
Love the atmosphere, the conversation and of course the talented stylists. Appreciate that my busy summer schedule was accommodated --- always love my time with Jess & Tony.
This salon is true to its title!
I have found the ultimate stylist in Kerri Stephenson. She has brought me to my desired color and has helped me to grow out my short hair to a much better length. All of the staff make me feel like I am truly in a spa, and I leave each time like I have had a respite from my work-day life and schedule. I highly recommend this salon to anyone who is looking for a quality range of services and friendly atmosphere.
Always an exceptional experience
I have been going to Body Mind Spirit since it opened and have never been disappointed. I have gotten manicures, pedicures, massages, waxings and even had my bridal party there for a spa day. I routinely go to Body Mind Spirit for eyebrow waxings with Jessica and each experience is consistently great. I get greeted by everyone who works there right when I walk in the door and they make it feel like I'm walking into a friend's house. Jessica personalizes every appointment by asking about what is going on in my life and keeps the conversation going throughout my visit. All in all, I would recommend Body Mind Spirit to anyone!
I've been going to Body, Mind Spirit for years and have been so happy with the quality of the service. The spa is clean and everyone is so friendly. Jess does the best pedicures and great eye brows too! Highly recommend!
Best Spa Ever
I have been going to Body, Mind and Spirit for almost three years and can say it is the best place around. My hair has never looked or felt as great ...thanks to the amazing Tony Lopez.I also have had mani and pedi's and facials with the fab Jessica Bisol. This place is a gem. The staff are friendly and helpful. I recommend it to all 100%.
This is the salon you have been looking for!
I have spent a lifetime looking for a hair stylist who could color and style my hair to make me look my best. I finally found that stylist in Kerri at the Body Mind Spirit Salon and Day Spa!! She is amazing! I walked out of my first appointment feeling like a new woman! I found an incredibly talented stylist in Kerrie . Everyone at Body Mind Spirit Salon and Day Spa is welcoming, caring and down to earth. This is a New York or Boston quality salon and spa without the pretentious feel.
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