Wellness companies provide providers for thoughts, physique and soul

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND – From the gym to losing weight and eating better, a New Year presents a new opportunity to get a grip on health habits.

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

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the spa had suspended practices that involved close customer contact such as facials, but these offerings are now available again.

“Color, style, makeup and eyelash extensions are helping to show your best face throughout this crisis,” said day spa manager Philip Payne.

The day spa’s sister company, the Acadia School of Massage, also offers one-hour massages at a discounted rate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from February to April.

“Our services provide a reduction in stress and anxiety, which will help improve your own well-being,” said Payne. “We’ve all been through a lot over the past few years, so it’s a great way to recharge your batteries and do things a little better.”

Tree of Life Day Spa isn’t the only local company offering new wellness offerings. Sheridy Olson, owner of Destination Health, said the downtown Bar Harbor facility is offering 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 spa services at the Bayview Hotel in Bar Harbor.

The Yellow House Inn Bed and Breakfast is another facility that hosts wellness retreats. Jena Young, co-owner of Well + Wander Retreats, hopes the Pension Bar Harbor’s new experience will allow people to focus on their minds and bodies.

“It makes sense to take time for yourself; to get things a little deeper than if you were just sitting by a pool at a resort, ”said Young. The relaxation experiences of the Well + Wander Retreat offer mindfulness walks, meditation and yoga courses.

Last year, Britt Hulbert also started a full-time yoga service when she started her business, BH Yoga Dog Studio. Aside from teaching yoga through her online studio, Hulbert says she has been more busy than ever teaching personal training and spin classes in person at the Mount Desert Island YMCA. She said her clients still wear masks while they exercise in person.

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

Downeast Pilates owner Linda Homer of Southwest Harbor now also teaches virtual Pilates classes. “It shows the brain how to move your body intelligently, effectively, and efficiently,” Homer said of her class. With most of her classes now being on Zoom, Homer instructs her clients to get themselves into the correct position to do exercises before guiding them through movements that involve all of their muscles.

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

“It’s a great COVID-safe resource for both our community and visitors, and it’s important to be known to people who come to the island looking for activity,” she said.

The outdoor experience consists of an initial conversation about mindfulness, mindful walking, eating, and a mindful visit to the ocean where Harry teaches his clients to use all five senses in order to stick with their mindfulness practices. She wants to close the adventure with a discussion about how people can use mindfulness practices in their everyday lives.

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

Wellness service provider

(While this is not a complete list of vendors in the area, contact information for those included in this story is provided below.)

Tree of Life Day Spa with Salon NaturELLES

108 Cottage St., Bar Harbor

(207) 288-5551


Acadia School of Massage

108 Cottage St., Bar Harbor

(207) 288-8222


Health of the travel destination

124 Cottage St., Bar Harbor

(207) 288-3121


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

5 The Field, Bar Harbor

(207) 288-5100


Bra yoga dog studio

15 Deer Run, Bar Harbor

(207) 266-6256


Downeast Pilates

101 Main St., Südwesthafen

(207) 229-3732


Acadia Mindfulness Adventure

(207) 801-1077


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

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