Experience Naturopathica – A 21st Century Hub of Wellness

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Naturopathica withholds an inspirational story of female entrepreneurship, channelled toward a beautifying liaison between nature and eudaemonia. This wellness company launched as East Hampton Healing Arts Center & Spa in 1995, when founder Barbara Close - an aroma and massage therapist with a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Herbalism - felt compelled to create a destination where people could reconnect with traditional healing practices in a modern way and feel empowered to take charge of their health and well-being.

In East Hampton, Barbara was seeking products that had a therapeutic benefit for the skin and body, delivering exceptional results, working with the body’s natural processing. The enterprise was challenging, since two decades ago it was difficult to find brands that had the professional results element and at the same time remaining safe and non-irritating. This triggered Close to develop her own formulas, through her knowledge as an herbalist and aesthetician, her product line came to life with a variety of options that span from skin care to hair products and include teas as well as herbal tinctures. The latter are also known as liquid herbal extracts that promote wellness from within and are more effective than capsules as they assimilate into the bloodstream more quickly.

Barbara CloseManhattan now has its own Naturopathica Chelseas center of innovation, launched a year ago, featuring this 21st century hub of wellness including a vitality bar debuting herbal tonics, elixirs and teas, along with cold-pressed juices and kombucha on tap. Healthy snacks are also offered to improve and sustain vitality. The full spa has facial and massage services, and a remedy bar which has custom blending of herbal remedies, therapeutic botanicals and essential oils. You may lounge in here or in the sensory and meditation lounge (which has regular programming for breathing exercises and stress relief) before and after your treatment.

naturopathica_chelsea_vitality-barAt Naturopathica, you truly experience the best of holistic skin care with proven pure botanicals and cosmeceuticals. I had the chance to try the Premium Naturopathica Signature Bio-Energy Lift Facial, under the skillful hands of esthetician Jenny, who lulled me into a soothing journey to beauty land. This transformative experience envelops a multi-step procedure to remove impurities. A liquid microdermabrasion technology, called the ProFacial, exfoliates devitalized skin and simultaneously infuses the skin with Naturopathica’s Bio-Energy Lift Serum. This is a lush blend of a Copper & Amino Acid Complex and Sea Fern Extract that firms, lifts and re-energizes the fibroblast to produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which are the three building blocks of the skin. It also has a Marsh Samphire Extract, which helps to deeply rehydrate and soothe your face and increase the cellular consumption of oxygen.

naturopathicaThe impressive combination of state-of-the-art technology and high-performance ingredients work symbiotically  to repair environmental damage and resurface the skin without irritating it. This is the ideal remedy for travelers and city-dwellers who have fatigued and dehydrated skin, as it helps to erase fine lines and deliver lasting results. The effect is better than make-up, your skin will glow with a rejuvenated texture. Once you exit the Naturopathica Chelsea Spa, your face will glow with natural beauty and will outclass the best of maquillage foundations.

The year is very promising for the center’s progression. With the evolution of the Remedy Bar, which currently has loose teas, spa-goers will soon be introduced to custom blending on-site. There were whispers around the spa that new products will be launched this year too, so stay tuned as the healing journey with Naturopathica continues its magic!

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Now that wellness has become so mainstream, and universal between genders, there is major focus on what can counterbalance the stresses of our frantic third millennium lifestyles. As all generations are engrossed in the urban hustle and bustle, especially in the City That Never Sleeps, there is great need to find a haven of peace that can reprise a sense of physical and spiritual comfort. Welcome to Naturopathica.

Written by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi is Italian by birth, British by upbringing, and a New Yorker at heart. After working on film sets, she became a journalist starting with film criticism. Today, the topics she covers embrace culture and international affairs (since she graduated in Political Science) on all mediums: print, online, radio, and television. Chiara has also established herself as a visual artist and her Material Puns have been exhibited in London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Venice, Oxford, and Manhattan. Through her professorship in Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts, she manages to bring together her diversified work in the arts and media with a keen eye on current issues such as sustainability and humanitarian affairs.

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