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Rejuvenate Mind and Body at Village Spa

By Marina I. Jokic

It's not every day you find a spa that conscientiously makes an effort to purchase only natural and additive-free products. Owner of Village Spa Heather Norton was a social worker for 10 years before deciding to attend massage school. For her, providing massage was a type of therapeutic treatment for those who were emotionally distressed.

"I went to massage school, and learned all about the healing massage can provide to those emotionally in need," she said.

Opening her own studio was the next step, which allowed her to gain more hands-on experience over the course of four years.

"The opportunity presented itself to expand into a larger space, and I wanted to work with and hire other women who felt as I did about caring for and fostering emotional wellness in this type of environment," she said. Village Spa opened in 2014.

In order for the massages to be truly therapeutic for patients, Norton points out that the massage therapist not only needs to be highly skilled and professionally trained; he or she also has to have a certain level of compassion toward the patient. Once the therapist is attuned to the needs of his or her patient, the massage's healing powers magnify considerably.

"Let us help you with your very own retreat for personal renewal," she said. Renewal and rejuvenation are at the core of the spa's mission.

Norton emphasizes how carefully she chooses the products at the salon. Especially avoiding known carcinogens and irritants, she wanted to provide healthy treatments to her customers who were going through chemotherapy, for instance. Facials and massages are performed just as well without the use of any chemicals.

"My goal was not to add to the taxation already occurring in their bodies," she said. "It was also important to create an environment that was safe for those who work in the spa, day in and day out."

Massages include the AromaTouch with micro facial which utilizes pure essential oils to cleanse the skin. You can customize this treatment to include back, neck, and shoulder massage or just opt for the AromaTouch therapy. There are also the hot stone, pre-natal, and body scrub massages. The Chinese herbal body treatment invigorates the body through exfoliation with medicinal herbs and retextures the skin from neck to toe. Other spa treatments include facials, eyelash and brow tinting, nail care, waxing, tanning, and hair and makeup.

A full service spa means that you can get all your beauty needs covered in one stop?hair, skin, nails, and body.

"We keep our prices in line with other non-resort day spas and offer discounts, specials, and events geared toward local, everyday people," Norton said.

Village Spa also offers food, beverages, and snacks for clients from a local caterer.

"In warm months, we have an outdoor deck with gazebo space that can be decorated by the spa party attendees," Norton said.

The spa can be rented exclusively, and there are evening and weekend options available for parties of up to ten people.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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