New Moon Wellness Collaboration Moves to Fall River
FALL RIVER – It’s a new year. And after the 2021 chore – which felt more like 24 months than 12 months in the midst of the pandemic – we can finally aim for a brighter 2022.
Filled with hope and a fresh start, it’s time to reset and refocus.
In an effort to do this, many people make New Year’s Resolutions. Those annual promises that we make to improve ourselves and bring about positive change that, despite the best of intentions, are often forgotten in mid-January.
But don’t be afraid. There are places you can turn to help you finally get your plans to fruition.
If your resolutions focus on health and personal care, you can work on new goals for the New Year for a New You with a visit to the newly opened Fall River New Moon.
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Owner Tricia Tappen said this “hidden gem” at 4 Hartwell St., Suite 202, offers locals a place to relax and rejuvenate.
“We’re a one-stop-shop for anyone to fix their mind, body and soul,” said Tappen, a medical esthetician and reiki master who has worked in the skin care industry for 15 years.
New Moon itself is a gift shop with more than 30 local craft vendors, “kind of like an indoor craft fair that’s always open,” Tappen said.
“I wanted to provide a place where people could showcase their work and not have to wait for this craft fair to take place.”
This gift shop space, Tappen said, serves as an umbrella for various services and practices such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, aesthetics, reiki and crystal healing, tarot readings, guided meditation and clinical aromatherapy.
A visit to the New Moon is more than just having fun. The Fall River-based Holistic Health Collaboration offers a different, whole-person approach to medical care and wellness.
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“Everyone needs to be focused on their care,” Tappen said. “You can’t pour into a glass that doesn’t contain water, so you have to make sure you take care of yourself before you can help others.”
New Moon’s goal, she said, is to provide people with the tools to help them “be a better version of themselves.”
What started as a dream between Tappen and his friend Jessica Leahey, a registered massage therapist and owner of Blue Moon Massage located inside New Moon, came true this fall, when the boutique opened on November 1 in its space on the second floor of the Kay Immeuble.
And although it has only opened for just two months, Tappen said it has received a lot of positive feedback from the community, with customers making the trip to the New Moon from as far away as New York City.
“People are saying there is nowhere like this in the area, and what a great idea it was to put those options together,” said Tappen, a Westport resident. “It was overwhelming and exciting.… It was a lot of feelings but it was quite wonderful.”
Inside New Moon, visitors can find the following services: Talk Aesthetics with Tricia, Leading Performance Chiropractic, Healing Hart Aromatherapy, Blue Moon Massage, and Evolving Vibes.
It almost felt like fate at how effortlessly their plans came to fruition, Tappen said. The concept of the New Moon was brought up in early fall and the doors opened in November.
“Everything was going as the universe wanted… we really didn’t run into any obstacles,” Tappen said of One SouthCoast Chamber member New Moon.
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Considering New Moon is tucked away in a commercial building, the fact that their business has grown through word of mouth and the people looking for them is huge, Tappen said.
“I love that people take the time to help themselves and realize that we are worth it,” she said.
They also learn tips and tricks along the way.
Education is an important part of what they do at New Moon, Tappen said, to educate themselves and “stay on top of the news” to provide clients with the knowledge to take better care of themselves- same.
“It’s not just your typical facial.… I really soak up your skin and teach people about home care,” said Tappen, whose expertise covers all aspects of aesthetics, including including personalized facials, Environ Cool Peels, dermaplaning, eyelash enhancement, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, waxing and more.
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By giving them the tools to prevent – rather than just correct – a situation, said Tappen, who leads Talk Aesthetics with Tricia at New Moon, can help every individual achieve their skincare goals.
“A facial is like going to the dentist, but you have to follow it just like brushing your teeth,” she said.
She now also incorporates lithotherapy and reiki into her treatment to give people “whole body relaxation”. Reiki, a Japanese form of alternative medicine, is a practical energy healing technique designed to reduce stress and promote healing.
Leahey, of Blue Moon Massage, offers a wide range of treatments, from relaxation and pregnancy massage to sports / deep tissue massage. She also offers a therapy that many people are not too familiar with, called cupping, that helps increase blood flow to certain areas of the body during a massage, Tappen says.
According to the New Moon Facebook page, Fall River resident Leahey is a competitive bodybuilder and “uses her knowledge as an athlete to help clients mend their injuries and achieve their fitness goals.”
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For Danielle Botelho, owner of Leading Performance Chiropractic, which has been a part of New Moon since its official opening, attention to health focuses not only on the spine, but on the body as a whole.
“Normally, people who go to the chiropractor get in and out in 10 minutes,” Tappen said. “She focuses more on soft tissue work. She will work on you for 15 to 20 minutes before actually going to do the adjustment.
In addition to their services, New Moon offers special events every month. On February 12, New Moon will host Dr. Kevin Gendreau for a free Q&A and discussion on his new book “Fasting While Furious: How I Turned Anger and Sadness into Motivation for Weight Loss”.
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In July 2018, the Fall River native and Southcoast Health doctor was a guest on “The Today Show,” where he spoke about how his sister’s tragic cancer diagnosis motivated him to choose a healthy lifestyle. Gendreau, who has been profiled in the previous Herald News stories, lost 125 pounds in less than two years by following a clean eating plan and intermittent fasting.
Gendreau, who is also the author of children’s books that aim to teach young children how to lead healthy lives in a fun way, draws on her own weight loss experience in hopes of inspiring others.
The New Moon also hosts monthly guided meditations and painting nights.
Although the company is still in its early stages, Tappen said they are already outgrowing their space and one of their goals for 2022 is to move to a storefront.
But no matter where they are, she said, “we want to make sure that we provide a safe space where people feel comfortable, to feel like they can breathe deeply, not stress and relax “.
For more information on New Moon and its hours of operation, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NewMoonSuite202.