JUN 2013

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SHAPING THE FUTURE BALANCE STUDIO SPA Felton, CA ( Melissa Stone, a 10-year spa owner and longtime yoga teacher, offers a diverse array of detox avenues at her serene oasis in the Santa Cruz Mountains. On tap are SetN-Me-Free aloe and mud treatments, oldfashioned mustard seed wraps, infrared saunas, ionic foot detox, a juicing program and more. Their common thread? All have done wonders for Stone throughout her own quest for internal healing. "I always use myself as a guinea pig," she explains. "I'll try something until I've mastered it before adding it to the menu." For instance, prior to unveiling The Balance Cleanse ($99), a seven-day juicing package, earlier this year, Stone not only spent five years experimenting with various juicing programs, but also consulted with high-profile juicing and nutrition pioneer, the late Jack LaLanne, about her plans. Because Stone founded Balance Studio as a holistic wellness center based around the healing powers of food and herbs, her juicing program includes vitamin supple- Detoxification Station The following spa manufacturers carry supplies to complement detox services and counseling: Éminence Organic Skin Care, M'lis, Murad, Osmosis Skincare, Pevonia, Reservage Organics, Sanítas Skincare, ments and 24/7 guidance via Skype and email. For those guests using the program as a vehicle for weight-loss, Stone also offers compatible hypnosis webinars, yoga workouts, meditation CDs and inspirational reading. Another popular weight-loss offering involves 30-minute infrared sauna sessions, plus 45 minutes spent in heated Set-N-MeFree wraps. Clients plagued by colds and joint pain also flock to Stone, who covers ailing body parts with a mustard seed/ aloe mixture and then envelops guests in a cloud of eucalyptus. "It's a powerful remedy most don't know about," she says. Considering Stone mandates that her healers receive 90-plus days of extensive • Use FreeInfo #47 96 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013 Set-N-Me-Free, Skin & Tonic, Skin Authority, training in detoxification and nutrition before working with clients, she's one busy spa pro. And as a frequent wellness guest on local radio programs—she has discussed meditation, body image, smoking cessation and juicing on-air—clients frequently contact her with health-related questions. "I'm 'on' 24/7," Stone says. "But finding new and better ways to feel good and detox is so fun. I meet and learn from great people and witness powerful transformation, so this doesn't feel like work to me—I know it's what I'm supposed to be doing." Tracy Morin is a writer and editor based in Oxford, Mississippi.

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