HEALING WAYS

Byline: Karyn Monget

NEW YORK — Holistic health care, massage therapy and meditation are the services spotlighted by the three-year-old Healing Hands Inc.
Jodi Levy, owner of the Manhattan-based company, said she created the firm in memory of her mother, Doris Zimmerman, who died of breast cancer, and reducing the stress often felt by breast cancer survivors is one of the firm’s goals, she said.
The operation has satellite offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Southhampton, N.Y., and Palm Beach, Fla. Another office is scheduled to open in Miami Beach’s South Beach this winter.
The company’s services — which include a variety of European facials and massages through its traveling spa representatives — generated sales of $1 million in 1996. The firm expects to do $1.4 million this year.
“Our spa specialists come to people’s homes to give facials or massage therapy,” Levy said. “Our treatments are detoxifying. I feel that all of our services provide preventative measures against disease.”
Levy expanded her “stress reduction therapy” this month with a line of products called Sensory Spa Line. The products include inspirational candles, which retail at a suggested $20 each; bath salt tablets are $15, and scented “eye pillows” for meditation are $14. There are three fragranced candles representing hope, love and life. Kits, which include candles and a beginner’s guide to meditation, sell for $30 and $60.
The products are aimed at major department and specialty stores. So far, Bloomingdale’s, Jacobson’s and Nordstrom are selling the candles in cosmetic departments at several units.
“The products were designed to help the client relax and rejuvenate in a peaceful, serene manner. So far, we have orders for $350,000 for the new products,” Levy said.
Levy noted that she did promotional events at several Nordstrom stores on the West Coast this month. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“I talked to a lot of women,” continued Levy. “The biggest shock was I didn’t know that there were so many young women who had survived breast cancer,” Levy said. “They were coming in saying ‘I didn’t know there were other women like me, women my age who have had breast cancer.”‘
Healing Hands is a sponsor of the Race for the Cure, an annual walk-run event organized by the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. Ten percent of sales year-round of the Spa Sensory line will be donated to the Komen Foundation, Levy said.

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