Retreat to eco-elegant Aluna
Louise Bolger | sun
Dr. Tricia Graziano, seated, with Becky Hopps,
left, and Tiffany Fradley, offer acupuncture,
massage and more.
Sometimes we all just need a time out and I don’t mean a too much sugar five-year-old time out, I mean a spiritual time out that keeps you isolated from the world if only for a little while. Aluna Wellness Holistic Wellness Center and Spa in Bradenton Beach offers healthy and soothing services designed to transform a moment in time.
Dr. Tricia Graziano is a Board Certified Acupuncture Physician who has been practicing on Anna Maria Island for almost six years and currently has the only acupuncture practice on the Island. Her dream has always been to combine her acupuncture skills and holistic principles to create a wellness center focused on an individual’s needs and health.
In March her dream came true when Aluna Wellness opened the doors of their eco-friendly building. The space has the feel of a high end spa touched with an eastern influence. One of the walls in the reception area contains shelving made from salvaged wood to display Aluna’s Bella Lucce organic product line. Even the floors are eco-friendly, made from Acaci wood installed with non-toxic glue. A decidedly eastern influence is reflected in the furniture, sculpture and wall decorations. There are four treatment rooms, private lounge chairs to relax after treatment, herbal tea bar and a meditation garden with misters. The overall effect is one of communing with nature and quieting your mind.
Dr. Graziano performs the acupuncture treatments and also discusses a well-rounded approach to health and wellness with her patients designed to focus in on their specific needs.
Tiffany Fradley is the spa manager as well as massage therapist. She also is a specialist in Ayurveda which is a system of holistic health care from ancient India focusing on self-healthcare based on an individual’s metabolic body type.
Becky Hopps is also a licensed massage therapist and esthetician. Her area of expertise is deep tissue and pain relief massage and organic skin care.
Aluna Wellness has a variety of wellness therapies starting with acupuncture and including herbal consultations, nutritional consultations, cold laser therapy, cupping therapy, Ayurveda, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, body detox massage, pain management massage and healing hot stone therapy. They also offer several facial treatments, body scrubs and purifying and antioxidant therapies.
There are wellness packages available and in the future they will be offering massage memberships. Also planned are health and wellness workshops, meditation classes, beach yoga and private yoga therapy.
Dr. Graziano has designed her wellness center to encompass healing treatments from around the world utilizing healthy and organic products. She is especially proud of her staff whose mission is to listen to people and find the exact mix of treatments to help them whether it’s to relieve pain, lose weight or experience a much needed indulgence.
The name that Dr. Graziano chose for her spa comes from the Kogi Indians of Columbia who saw themselves as the guardians of life on Earth. Aluna was central to the Kogi Indians’ spiritual philosophy and their belief that we can be anything we desire. Take a time out at Aluna Wellness in their eco-elegant spa and allow yourself some spiritual and healing time.
2219 Gulf Drive N.
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted and many