By PEGGY USSERY, Dothan Eagle
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Following paying out yrs as a registered nurse, Marteen Lewis decided to alter how she served persons.
So she still left the clinic setting and, much more than a 12 months ago, opened Earthly Wellness Bar, a wellness and wellness spa delivering handmade items as nicely as products and services created to assistance with rest, lymphatic drainage, and female treatment.
Acquiring the enterprise is a aspiration appear real for Lewis.
“The fact that you can simply just flip a considered of a desire into a truth, stay concentrated and do the get the job done,” Lewis reported. “I seriously want to permit people know it is probable. Entrepreneurship has been a single of the toughest responsibilities I have ever attempted to comprehensive, but it has been one particular of the most worthwhile exterior of motherhood.”
The Marianna, Florida, native attended nursing school at Wallace Community Higher education in Dothan and worked at Flowers Hospital just after graduating. In excess of the program of her nursing vocation, Lewis worked as a cardiac care nurse, as a dialysis nurse, and inevitably as a travel nurse.
Through the very first calendar year of the pandemic, Lewis helped care for COVID-19 people during her travel assignments. The psychological and actual physical strain of the pandemic on wellness care personnel was far even worse than anything portrayed in the media, Lewis said.
“The information shared as significantly as they could but to be in it was a diverse story,” she stated. “If you give me a scale, it was probably 10 situations worse than the scale that you can give me. It was undesirable. The several hours and the exposure, the lack of having, the lack of sleeping because you go residence thinking about all you ended up exposed to — Will I give it to my family members?”
During a travel assignment, Lewis was caring for a dialysis patient in a clinic COVID unit when five members of the similar loved ones all hospitalized with COVID-19 coded throughout the similar shift. That was it for Lewis. She started to rethink how she could use her techniques as a nurse to assistance people fortify their immune systems and stay healthier lives.
“I had to make a transform, and I just started out exploring the immune method and detoxification and healthful residing,” Lewis reported.
It was a tough transition for the reason that she liked remaining a nurse, and Lewis even now is effective a single day a week as a dialysis nurse. Her household, together with her two sons ages 20 and 11, have been supportive throughout her times as a travel nurse and her changeover into small business operator.
Earthly Wellness Bar is situated on the Ross Clark Circle in Dothan. Products and services, goods, and information on reserving can be uncovered at earthlywellnessbar.com. Or, call 850-557-8530 for more info.
Expert services involve aromatherapy, detoxification, vaginal steaming, dry brushing, overall body contouring, and manual lymphatic treatment options with wood instruments intended to aid with put up-operative treatment following cosmetic treatments. Handmade soap, yoni oil, tub balms, foot soaks, and exfoliating scrubs are offered for obtain. Even though the soaps are built by a fellow nurse in Atlanta, Lewis makes other products herself.
Solutions at Earthly Wellness Bar are produced from all-natural substances, Lewis said.
Though there’s an emphasis on feminine treatment, Earthly Wellness also presents expert services for men — these kinds of as a beard facial — as properly as a deal built for couples. Lewis strategies to also deliver in a massage therapist to offer massage products and services.
Price ranges fluctuate dependent on the company but can array from $65 to $100. Solutions can also be bundled in a package deal. Soap, oil, bath balm, and exfoliating solutions can be packaged in a $60 bundle or bought separately for $8, $10, $12, or $35 depending on the product or service.
Lewis does a consultation with shoppers prior to their 1st go to and reported she attempts to teach her customers about how to live a a lot more healthful lifestyle and the benefits they will expertise as a final result.
Products and services provided at Earthly Wellness Bar ended up affected by Lewis’ personal wellness journey when she was nevertheless doing work as a nurse. She began by finding out much more about thoroughly clean ingesting, fasting, detoxifying, and the worth of superior intestine wellness. Lewis explained as she started feeding on greater, she noticed the connection in between eating wholesome and cutting down her anxiety concentrations.
“That assisted me along the way when I was out journey nursing,” Lewis said. “I was capable to make better food stuff selections, I was not as exhausted. I had more electrical power due to the fact the gut is where by the serotonin is stimulated, which offers you pleased ideas.”
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