Not so long ago, I ran into Christine Hays, Managing Director at Eastern Vibration, a boutique multi-national company focusing on sound and vibrational therapy. She and her son Jahmaal run the company, which manufactures beautiful Himalayan singing bowls in Nepal, and distributes to spas, wellness centers, yoga centers, and medical clinics across the globe.
The former vice president of Oberoi Spas, Christine is one of the most passionate and sincere spa pros I’ve met. She spends much of her time researching and promoting sound therapy and conducting workshops on healing with sound across the world. And she gives back. A percentage of Eastern Vibration sales are donated to post-earthquake charitable efforts in Nepal.
I was happy to learn that the company recently received NCBTMB certification as an approved Continuing Education provider (a two-day, 16-credit NCBTMB training program in sound and vibrational therapy is now available throughout the States). So stay tuned—pun intended—for more on this healing modality.
I was living in Nepal and came across some women who made beautiful tribal necklaces and sold them to the tourists in the district that I lived in—Patan Durbar Square…
The day that Christine and I met, she was wearing a lovely colorful beaded necklace; I admired it and she shared its story with me. And I would like to share that story with you. In Christine’s words:
“I was living in Nepal and came across some women who made beautiful tribal necklaces and sold them to the tourists in the district that I lived in—Patan Durbar Square. They made them in their villages and came to the square to sell their goods. I kept in contact with one of the women, Najma Maharjan, as I am sponsoring her child in school and placed them in a new home after they lost their home in the earthquake last April. I call her on a weekly basis to see how they are doing. She told me that they don’t have money for supplies, and there aren’t any tourists to sell to. I told her that if she and her friends continue making the necklaces, I would purchase from them and sell the necklaces for them. One hundred percent of the profit goes back to the women who make them.”
If you run a spa or a retail shop, the necklaces may be purchased wholesale with a minimum order of 25 pieces at $15 apiece. To date, Ready Care Industries has purchased over 100 and have been giving them to their [spa director] clients. The necklaces are also sold in Sri Lanka at Six Senses and at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, as well as at SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa.
The necklaces may also be purchased online at easternvibration.com.
Mary Bemis is Founder & Editorial Director of InsidersGuidetoSpas.com. She is a pioneering spa journalist, most recently honored as one of the "Top 30 Influential Voices Transforming Wellness." She is an inaugural recipient of Folio's Top Women in Media Award, and was honored by ISPA with its distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. In 1997, she launched American Spa magazine, and in 2007, Mary co-founded Organic Spa magazine. A pioneer in the sustainable spa and beauty worlds, Mary is co-curator of Cosmoprof North America's Discover Green Pavilion. She is a Global Wellness Day Advisor, and a co-founder of the Washington Spa Alliance.
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