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New center is the place to be for peace and calm

  • Vicky Seavey and Laurie Dulude have opened Serenity Senter on Bank Row in Greenfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Vicky Seavey and Laurie Dulude have opened Serenity Senter on Bank Row in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

  • Vicky Seavey and Laurie Dulude have opened Serenity Senter on Bank Row in Greenfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff

GREENFIELD — Two local women say they believe people have the power to heal themselves with their minds, so they’ve set up shop on Bank Row to help their clients learn how.

After long careers in other fields, Laurie Dulude, 46, who worked in management, and Vicky Seavey, 52, who owns Primp Salon on Bank Row, have opened Serenity Senter at 45 Bank Row. The facility is open by appointment only.

Clients can get a message or enjoy a reflexology or Reiki session and just relax with soft music playing faintly in the background and dimmed lights setting the mood. Clients are surrounded by calming, earthy colors such as sage and lavender and soothing aromatherapy scents.

Dulude and Seavey say when someone’s energy is low it’s difficult to deal with stress, they may have difficulty sleeping and they are more susceptible to illness.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction administered by “laying on hands.”

“Reiki increases a person’s supply of life energy,” said Dulude, who offers half-hour and full-hour sessions.

Dulude also goes to people’s homes, if they prefer.

Reflexology, which uses thumb and finger techniques to apply pressure to feet, hands and face, works with a person’s peripheral nervous system and encourages them to relax.

Seavey offers half-hour session on a client’s hands, feet or face, as well as a combined one-hour session that includes all three. She will also go to people’s homes.

Dulude offers Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, deep tissue massage and Reiki-infused massage.

Costs range from $15 for reflexology on the hands, to $65 for a combined reflexology session or 90-minute massage.

The women renovated the space they occupy on Bank Row.

The two said they had to borrow some money and used some savings to open Serenity.

They not only offer several services, but sell jewelry, honey and beeswax made by local people.

“We want this to be about keeping things local,” said Seavey.

“We also want people to get in the habit of taking care of themselves,” said Dulude, a certified Reiki master, teacher and practitioner, who has been teaching for more than three years. She said she was introduced to Shiatsu, Shin Tai, myofascial release and reflexology and loves to incorporate them into her massages.

She grew up in southern ermont and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in business, and graduated from The Massage School in Easthampton last year. She has worked in customer service and business management most of her life and is also currently a group exercise trainer at the YMCA, specializing in stretch, core, and other cardio classes.

Seavey, who grew up in California and has been in the area for a couple of decades, owns and operates Primp Salon, which is located upstairs from Serenity on Bank Row. She has been a nail technician for 29 years.

She also studied holistic healing for 25 years and has taken Dulude’s Reiki classes. She recently received her Reiki master certification.

Clients fill out intake forms before they begin their first session and if a client has a serious injury, he or she must have a doctor’s note before Dulude or Seavey will begin.

“What we do helps people relax and relieves pain,” said Dulude.

“Isn’t that what we all dream about? But, we have to make sure no one gets hurt, so we want to know what ails each client.”

For an appointment, call Seavey at 413-834-8155 or Dulude at 413-475-0270.

Also visit Serenity Senter online at: www.serenitysenter.com.

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