For just a mile square, Hoboken can be a pretty big place to navigate, densely populated and almost as fast-paced as New York City you can pass by a location or person multiple times and wonder but then are quickly on to the next thing. I recently attended a meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs of Hudson County (WEHC) meeting at The Brass Rail – talk about fast-paced! This was an absolutely packed 90 minutes with one to one meet and greet sessions timed at 45 seconds for a quick hello and business card exchange. One of my brief meetings was with the business owner and licensed massage therapist Erin Clyne. Erin is the owner of The Wellness Lab and we had a (slightly longer) chat about how it all works.
Hi Erin- nice to have a bit more than 45 seconds to chat! Tell me a little bit about what led you to open The Wellness Lab. I got my license back in 2013 in Chicago. The laws around massage practitioners made it necessary for most therapists to be located in industrial areas as the law equated massage with prostitution! It wasn’t all that long until I moved here to Hoboken- and eventually opened The Wellness Lab to provide a shared space of like-minded practitioners to support active holistic-minded clients. Each practitioner runs his or her own small business, and has a home at Wellness Lab to grow their business to best suit their vision. From being utilized as a business incubator, to being a permanent home for a holistic practice, we strive to support each other in our endeavors.
What kind of services does the Lab provide?
At this point there are 8 practitioners in our community including massage and bodywork, as well as coaching for career and personal growth, life and divorce work, reiki, nutrition hypnotherapy, and yoga.
It looks like you do quite a bit in addition to the individual session work by practitioners.
A business doesn’t exist in a vacuum. In addition to events with WEHC I also do events outside the office, I have one scheduled with fellow massage therapists to discuss concerns around the business and crowdsourcing solutions in June. We routinely do outreach into the community in order to gain awareness and spread the word about our services.
Learn more about The Wellness Lab and their practitioners on their website. Consider taking a moment this summer for you!
So to mangle an old phrase- “Good facials make good neighbors”. This is especially true if you are right down the hall from the newest medical spa in Hoboken Attain MedSpa. I treated myself to their JetPeel facial and Milena our beauty photographer and hard-working mum to their Hydra Facial. I loved so much about this- no special preparation, no red marks or recovery time and when we came back from our treatments – a natural, rested glow to our faces. Post-treatment recommendation is simply to wait a short while (a few hours) to apply make-up so if you have an event that afternoon or evening, a morning facial is an ideal way to look your best! The treatments took less than 1/2 hour and the results (now even days later) last well afterward. Treating myself to a facial has also left me more mindful of caring for my face this Summer and that too will extend the impact of this self-care beyond the actual treatment.
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Summertime and the living is easy- or so says the song. That is unless you are trying to get the family (or even, gasp! the extended family) into one perfect photo for the ages. Here’s a few tips for getting the photo you want without losing your cool.
The first question I receive from clients is always about what to wear. The beach is a blank canvas. I love it when families wear color! Yellows, blues and pinks all photograph so beautifully on the beach! I caution people away from busy patterns and outfits that are too matchy, matchy. There’s a huge difference between coordinating and matching. Don’t be so formal with your clothing choice that you or your children are confined to certain poses or can’t move about freely and have fun. Pay attention to how each person’s outfit compliments (or clashes with) other family member’s outfits. I recommend choosing your own favorite look and marrying the colors to your family’s outfits. For more ideas look here.
The time of day for a beach session is very important. The best light for summer is either sunrise at around 6:30-7:30 a.m. and sunset is around 7:00- 8:30 p.m. Most little ones fare better in an early morning situation so consider scheduling while they are fresh. Proper nap and activity planning are very important on the day of a portrait session. I always recommend that parents allow their children to take a later nap than normal or to take a second nap if needed for sessions later in the day. Also, if your session is early evening don’t plan too many activities for that day. Photographing a child that is overtired can be challenging.
If your dream is to get one perfectly posed shot of the whole family smiling and looking at the camera, do that first. You need to get those shots before the kids lose interest or before Grandpa gets grumpy. You might also have a mental list of other posed shots that you would like, for instance, Mom and daughter, Father and son, just the kids together, grandparents with grandkids, etc. It’s important to get this list of must-haves done as soon as possible. Once they are accomplished it also takes some of the pressure to “get it right” off and everyone can relax and be themselves more for the rest of the shoot.
Speaking of “getting it right”- I know that everyone wants a happy family portrait with everyone smiling and looking at the camera. But the worst thing you can do as a parent is stress. Kids can feel that pressure and become tense. And then you stress more. It’s a vicious cycle. The beach is the perfect setting for a casual, laid back portrait of your family. Remember it’s about love, laughter, fun, and memories. Sure, you want to walk away with the most beautiful images possible, but also keep a light heart and try to remember that every last detail doesn’t have to be perfect because your love of family is what is perfect. Sometimes young children or even moody teenagers might not want to look at the camera or smile their real smile but eventually, through patience and creating space for them to just be themselves during the shoot, you may end up getting them after all. Take the pressure off of them, and yourself to be perfect.
As long as everyone is snuggled up together and is happy, that’s a successful portrait! Interact as a family. Give cuddles and tickles, tell jokes, just have fun! It should not be stressful – it’s the beach! Let kids, be kids! Let everyone have some fun.