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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lake Isabella spa quick to expand services

Stylist Amanda Olson cuts Stephanie White's hair at the Bella Salon and Spa in Lake Isabella. The salon offers a variety of beauty treatments.

Shannon Harter saw a need for a place for Lake Isabella area residents to indulge.
When her husband’s family expanded their business, Out of Bounds Pizza at Baseline and Coldwater roads, into the Sunset Plaza strip mall, Harter had visions of a tanning salon.
She ended up with much more.
Harter, who opened the Bella Salon and Spa in October, built on her original idea and offers not only tanning but hair services, including extensions; manicures and pedicures; waxing; a sauna; facials and a variety of massage treatments.
“It just grew,” she said. “The area needed something.”
Although Swedish massage is the most popular variety offered at Bella, massage therapists also offer deep tissue, sports, hot stone, reflexology, cranio sacral, Shiatsu, Shirodhara, mother-to-be and infant massage.
Reflexology, the practice of massaging parts of the feet, is said to improve general health with the belief that all other parts of the body are connected to the feet.
A massage therapist can find problem areas while practicing reflexology, Harter said.
“Anything from your heart to your liver to your brain to your sinuses,” she said.
Bella also offers lymphatic drain and ear candling services, which cleanse toxins from the body, Harter said.
Ear candling pushes wax from the ear canal and is beneficial to those who are prone to having ear infections, Harter said.
Aromatherapy, hip alignment and Chakra alignment are also offered, with massages being one hour unless specified.
Saunas are complementary with massages or can be purchased separately for $10 per half-hour session.
Waxing services at Bella include eyebrows, half and whole arms, underarms, bikini, leg, chest and back.
Other services are offered; call 989-644-6370. Bella Salon is at 50 N. Coldwater Road, Lake Isabella.
Story by Clare Managing Editor Susan Field. Photo by Sun Photographer Lisa Yanick.


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