Wellness companies provide services for the mind, body and soul

MONT DESERT ISLAND – From the gym to losing weight and eating better, a new year offers a new opportunity to take control of your lifestyle.

To provide assistance throughout the trip, local wellness companies spoke to the islander about their services and ways to turn those New Year’s resolutions into healthy lifestyle choices.

The Tree of Life Day Spa in Bar Harbor, along with the Salon NaturELLES, offers new services that include eyelash extensions, microneedling and other therapeutic practices, including cupping – a suction created on the skin with the application. heated suction cups.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the spa had suspended practices involving close contact with customers, such as facials, but those offers are now back.

“Color, hairstyle, makeup and eyelash extensions help put your best face forward during this whole crisis,” said day spa director Philip Payne.

The day spa’s sister company, Acadia School of Massage, will also offer hour-long massages on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays performed by students at a reduced rate from February through April.

“Our services provide stress and anxiety reduction, which helps improve your own well-being,” Payne said. “We’ve all been through a lot in the last couple of years so it’s a great way to recharge and improve things a bit.”

Tree of Life Day Spa isn’t the only local business offering new wellness services. Destination Health owner Sheridy Olson said the downtown Bar Harbor facility offers new nutrition programs, facials and retreats specifically designed to promote healthy lifestyles. Destination Health operates the Botanica Spa at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor and plans to operate wellness services at the Bayview Hotel in Bar Harbor.

Another property that has hosted wellness retreats is the Yellow House Inn Bed & Breakfast. Well + Wander Retreats co-owner Jena Young hopes the new Bar Harbor Bed & Breakfast experience will give people the opportunity to focus on their minds and bodies.

“It’s important to take time for yourself; go a little further than if you were just sitting by a pool at a resort, ”Young said. Well + Wander Retreat’s relaxation experiences offer mindfulness walks, meditation and yoga classes.

Last year, Britt Hulbert also started a full-time yoga service with the creation of her business, BH Yoga Dog Studio. In addition to teaching yoga through her online studio, Hulbert says she has been busier than ever with personal training and teaching in-person spin classes at the YMCA of Mount Desert Island. She said her clients always wore masks when training in person.

“Yoga is for everyone and the word yoga is a huge rainbow of many things. Mindfulness is really yoga. It will improve your life, ”she said.

Downeast Pilates owner Linda Homer of Southwest Harbor now teaches Pilates classes virtually. “It shows the brain how to move your body intelligently, effectively, and efficiently,” Homer said of his classes. With most of his classes now taking place through Zoom, Homer asks clients to position themselves correctly to do exercises before guiding them through movements that engage all of their muscles.

In addition to retreats and wellness services, Jen Harry offers meditation classes with her company, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures.

“It’s a great, safe resource for COVID for both our community and for visitors, which is important to be known to people who come to the island and are looking for things to do,” he said. she declared.

The outdoor experience consists of an initial mindfulness discussion, mindful walking, eating, and a mindful tour of the ocean where Harry teaches clients to use their five senses to stay engaged in their practice. mindfulness. She plans to end the adventure with a discussion of how people can use mindfulness practices in their daily lives.

Editor’s Note: Philip Payne is the husband of a Mount Desert Islander employee.

Wellness service providers

(While this is not a complete list of vendors in the area, contact details for the people included in this story are listed below.)

Tree of Life day spa with Salon NaturELLES

108 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

(207) 288-5551


Acadie massage school

108 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

(207) 288-8222


Destination health

124 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor

(207) 288-3121


Yellow House Inn Bed & Breakfast’s Well + Wander Retreats

5 Le Champ, Bar Harbor

(207) 288-5100


BH Yoga Dog Studio

15 Deer Run, Bar Harbor

(207) 266-6256


Lower East Pilates

101 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

(207) 229-3732


Acadie Mindfulness Adventures

(207) 801-1107


Ninah Gile, originally from MDI, covers the city of Bar Harbor. She is happy to be back in Maine after earning a bachelor’s degree in San Diego from the University of California.

Ninah Gile

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