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Living Green Spa nurtures the natural way

By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Esthetician Judith Brown has a lot of strong beliefs about ridding the body of chemical toxins. And she’s put those ideas to work in her new Living Green Salon & Spa that opened in June on Lincoln Way in Auburn. She offers facials, body treatments, skin care and massage, while stylist Genesse Daly specializes in haircare, manicures and pedicures. Brown spent a year researching products and treatments for the salon and recently received training in organic Thai salon treatments. The hair and skin products are free of paraffin and toxins, she said. “We’re using oil and heat to open up hair follicles,” she said. For massages and pedicures, she specializes in herbal poultices. “It’s herbs steamed in a teabag,” she said. “It’s similar to hot-stone therapy.” “They’re good for people who are allergic to chemicals,” she said. “When you take out the preservatives, you really see good results.” She also equipped the salon with some unique features. There’s an infrared sauna, which Brown says is good for detoxification and increasing blood circulation. “It’s a dry sauna,” Brown explained. “Basically, you’re getting infrared beams of light. The wavelength mimics the way a cell excretes toxins.” Then there are the LED light facials, which use light wavelengths to heal damaged skin and ease wrinkles. Auburn resident Virginia Adams has visited the salon a couple of times. “I was very pleased with (the treatments), the atmosphere and the cleanliness,” she said. On her second visit, Tuesday, she had a facial and a massage. “Usually I hurt badly the day after a massage but I feel great today,” she said Wednesday. “I was kind of waiting to see. I was very surprised. (Brown) did a great job. I’m not sore and I can turn my neck.” In creating a special look for the salon, Brown has incorporated an art gallery to showcase local artists. The first featured artist is Debbie Combee who works in abstract acrylics on canvas. Combee, an Auburn resident, has been a client of Brown for the past three years. “She’s very knowledgeable. She just knows what she’s doing,” Combee said. Brown attended beauty college in 1996 and trained for her massage therapy license with Auburn School of Health & Wellness. What she likes best about working as a skin-care specialist is helping people feel better about themselves and giving them self-esteem. “When you see someone with really bad acne or women with a lot of wrinkles, it’s being able to help them,” she said. “And not having the chemicals around our environment. And to be able to inform people (about these products and services). Prior to opening the salon, Brown operated Skin Care and Massage by Judith. Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com. ---------------------- Living Green Spa Where: 13144 Lincoln Way, across from Longhorn Meat Company, Auburn Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and other hours by appointment Phone: (916) 412.7331 Website: livinggreenspa.com (under construction now)