MY NAME IS: Barbara Close.
I'M KNOWN FOR BEING:
The founder and CEO of Naturopathica, a company born two decades ago from my passion for natural healing. As an herbalist, aromatherapist, massage therapist, clinical esthetician and product architect, I promote wellness by empowering our community to experience personal transformation and enjoy healthy lifestyles through our remedies and rituals including skincare, body products, ingestibles and holistic health treatments.
I was introduced to natural health as a young girl during visits to stay with my great Aunt Eleanor, who lived in France. She was a student of homeopathy, and our daily outings consisted of visits to mineral springs for “water cures” and herbal apothecaries. From the warm embrace of a spruce and pine herbal bath to the hypnotizing aroma of a Verveine tea, I was hooked on the ritual of self-care.
My second Healing Arts Center & Spa, Naturopathica Chelsea— New York City’s newest destination for 21st Century Wellness. Naturopathica Chelsea is where busy urbanites can discover wellness remedies and rituals through our full-service spa, Vitality Bar, Remedy Bar and Sensory and Meditation Lounge. Our signature blue bottles floating atop clean white shelves invite exploration of our skincare, body products and herbal remedies, including timeless favorites that you may have discovered at one of our more than 350 premier spa partners across North America.
YOU CAN FIND IT AT:
127 W. 26th Street, Street Level, New York, NY 10001.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL IS:
Naturopathica Chelsea empowers the discovery of self-care experiences to help individuals refresh and recharge. No matter where you are on your wellness journey, we have an entry point to spark your personal transformation and investment in everyday well-being.
At our Vitality Bar, you can experience the healing benefits of herbal tonics, elixirs and teas, cold-pressed juices and kombucha on tap, complemented by a selection of healthy grab-and-go snacks. Favorites include the Skin Radiance Tonic, Long Night Elixir and Matcha Tea Latte (made with coconut milk and our house made cashew milk).
Our Remedy Bar is a unique herbal dispensary where you can discover loose leaf teas from the finest estates in China, Japan, India, Nepal, Sumatra and Vietnam, as well as herbs, herbal tinctures, essential oils and customized remedies for optimal well-being. Sensorial tea blends include remedy teas like Cold Care Tea and Stress Tea, and signature teas, like Persian Nights and Chamomile Provencal, made with ingredients from around the globe. Our Sensory and Meditation Lounge is an oasis to re-boot and relax with breathtaking imagery and aromatherapy that allows you to reconnect with nature’s healing presence.
Finally, our herbal massage and body treatments performed by world-class therapists feature Arnica Oil and Lobelia and Cramp Bark compresses to unwind sore muscles. Our holistic facial treatments are customized for each guest and include innovations like our probiotic yogurt masks to nourish and restore healthy skin.
ONE THING YOU CAN'T MISS IS:
Our Wild Lime Botanical Hair & Scalp Therapy. Inspired by Indian Head Massage, I designed this treatment to be as effective and sensorial as it is relaxing. Combining vigorous head, neck and shoulder massage with our rich Marula hair mask and Monoi de Tahiti Balm to strengthen hair, repair split ends and add rich, lustrous shine, this transformative treatment will leave your locks healthy and radiant for weeks to follow.
YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU BECAUSE:
Under one roof, you will find the wellness education, remedies and rituals to address your real concerns like how to relieve stress, strengthen your immune system and enhance muscle and joint health and women's wellness. Naturopathica Chelsea provides the tools to support you on your path to well-being.