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Boston Best of Wellness local fitness
Local
Published Friday Nov 15, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

ICYMI: A Recap on Boston’s Best of Wellness Event

Fitness
Beauty
Meditation
Recovery
Dance

If you’re an L.A. local, you remember our first Best of Wellness event at the AllBright West Hollywood. We loved it so much we decided to bring it to Boston! 

On a cold Boston night, Erin Foster and 200 attendees warmed up at the Artists For Humanity Art Gallery for an evening of all things wellness! After Eliza Shirazi kicked off the event with a sweat-worthy workout, attendees recovered with services by BDY SQD, organic skincare treatments from Balans Organic Spa, and reiki, tarot readings, and group meditation care from UNION

In case you missed it, here’s what we’re (still) talking about from the event – and our favorite moments! 
 

Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

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Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

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It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

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Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

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We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.