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Phoenix is On the Move: Health and Wellness Businesses Debut: As local economic growth takes off again, new businesses focused on healthy and holistic living are opening their doors.

May 01, 2016 10:02AM ● By By Martin Miron

As economic growth begins to take off again across the Valley of the Sun, the opportunity to launch businesses focused on healthy and holistic living is experiencing a resurgence as well.

KC Miller, founder of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, says, “Because we are a nationally accredited college recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, we must keep accurate data on how our graduates are doing. On average, more than 78 percent of all those who complete one of our entrepreneurial focused programs report that they have successfully developed a sustainable business or private practice within a year of graduating. Enrollment into our Holistic Nutrition program is the highest it has ever been in 24 years.”

Here are several new healthy living businesses debuting in the Phoenix-metro area.


The Blisful BodyThe Blissful Body Offers Food and Thought

Douglas Edgelow, founder of Urban Yoga, in Phoenix, has opened The Blissful Body Wellness Center with his wife Patty at 2024 North 7th Street, dedicated to healing arts in combination with a planned healthy restaurant, juice and coffee bar, and indoor vertical hydroponic farm growing micro greens. Services include aromatherapy, life coaching, workshops, reiki and energy healing, massage, reflexology, hypnotherapy, ayurveda, intuitive readings, group and private yoga, color light therapy, cooking classes, holistic healthcare, nutrition counseling, past-life regression, Native American signature treatments and breath work.

“The objective of the healing center is that it will become a model for urban, community healing in Phoenix, providing a full range of programs, services and products designed to enlighten and engage the minds, bodies and spirits of a diverse population,” says Douglas.

For more information, call 602-277-9642 or email [email protected] or visit The Blissful Body on Facebook.


Relax in Zero Gravity

Dr. Martha Reed has opened a True REST Arrowhead location at 18589 North 59th Avenue, near Union Hills, in Glendale. The 2,600-square-foot facility features five float pods, two treatment rooms and an oasis room where clients can enjoy tea and reflection time.

True REST is a zero-gravity environment that allows the mind and body to truly rest. Using 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts, the buoyancy of the water makes floating on water feel like floating on air, helping to relieve pain, relax, recover and improve sleep. Float therapy is a powerful tool for wellness, relaxation, pain relief and better sleep. A float session is usually about 60 minutes in length, but the frequency of visits depends upon the individual needs.

Reed also moved her holistic health practice, Insights for Life, next door, with services that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellness. Mother's Day and other special offers are available.

For more information, call 623-249-5888 or visit or


Try LED Therapy for Less

Livin’ Lighter has opened at 14891 North Northsight Boulevard, Suite 121, in Scottsdale. Located inside the Canyon Falls Spa & Salon, Livin’ Lighter features the latest in LED light body contouring technology. All new customers will receive a consultation and one treatment for an introductory rate of $59.

“Non-invasive body contouring is currently the highest in-demand aesthetic treatment,” says Karl Bode, co-founder of Livin’ Lighter. “We have partnered with Contour Light, the most powerful non-invasive body shaping system on the market. It is almost 100 times more powerful than its competition and delivers LED-based energy to safely and naturally slim, shape and tone the body. It’s going to revolutionize how body contouring is done.”

To schedule an appointment, call 480-757-2639 or visit



New Herb Box Opens at The Colony

The Herb Box has opened their third Valley location at The Colony, in midtown Phoenix, offering indoor and outdoor seating for 140 guests. The space has an open and airy feel, with soaring ceilings, exposed wood beams and floor-to-ceiling windows. A rustic-chic interior brings together homey farmhouse and nautical design elements such as whitewashed wood walls, dark wood accents, shimmering chandeliers and a sleek, open bar.

The Herb Box is known for its innovative world cuisine, showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients, with a menu heavily focused on healthy, veggie-centric dishes. In addition to lunch and dinner, The Herb Box offers a full-service breakfast Monday through Friday, as well as an expanded brunch menu Saturday and Sunday. For those on the go, there is a coffee bar and house-made pastries and baked goods that can either be ordered indoors or from an outdoor walk-up window.

For more information, call 480-393-0432 or visit

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