Good morning! As of yesterday, Nature's Elements has been alive for a month. It seems like a very short time, and a very long time, all at the same time. I have been so busy, between seeing clients (yay!) and doing all the things on my "list" to bring Nature's Elements into existence--to make the ideas in my head a reality. So, I thought I'd share with you my vision, which is an ever-changing one.
Several people have asked how I came up with the name: Nature's Elements Studio of Massage Therapy. Well, I knew I wanted the place to reflect the healing properties of nature, in all it's elements. The elements, according to Eastern theory, include fire, water, metal, eartrh, and wood. I wanted the services and atmosphere to reflect all of these elements. And Nature's Elements got its name.
In choosing the logo, I wanted to use colors of nature. I also wanted it to represent what I do- so I wanted hands to be a part of it. For the brochure, again, the tranquility of nature. That has always meant trees to me. I love trees. My backyard was actually the selling point of my house for me. It is a "forest"- very natural, unmanicured. I love looking at it, or sitting out in the middle of it. I wanted that feeling to be a part of my offerings.
As for choosing the furnishings, I knew I wanted the space to feel, well, natural. So, I searched until I found things that made me feel like I was NOT in the city, but away somewhere. See, I grew up in a beautiful part of the state, Farifield Bay. I woke up every morning and could look out my living room window to see Greers Ferry Lake and Sugarloaf mountain. I spent my time, when I wasn't in school, outside, roaming through the woods, looking for neat rocks around the water, swimming in the middle of the lake...you get the idea. I lived very close the this place called the Cliffs. It overlooked the lake and I would walk down there in the evening and just sit and look at the water. I want to recreate some of THAT feeling in the environment of Nature's Elements. So, after searching through stores and websites and getting feedback from people, I finally have the space furnished--at least for the most part.
I really want the services I offer to center around nature as well. Of course, massage is at the core of what I do, but I choose always to use the most natural of products, from organic massage oil to 100% pure therapeutic essential oils. I have even found an eco-friendly form of "paraffin" to use that contains NO petroleum. I make my own lavender water to steam my towels in, I make a tea from eyebright herb for the cooling eye compresses in my facials, and I will be offering a variety of body wraps and masks that are made from ingredients found in nature. I truly believe that the earth holds all the medicine we need, and the body recognizes these things and assimilates them much better than anything synthetic or created in a lab somewhere.
So, this is my vision, and I am so excited to share it with all of you. I also welcome and encourage any feedback or suggestions. This is an ever-evolving thing and I want to be flexible and move with it.
All in all, it has been such a blast creating this space for you...and for myself. Come see me soon, and please, leave feedback if you want to.
Stay tuned...more to come!